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Sponsor a tree for McHenry's reforestation program

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Now is the time to make a difference by participating in the "Planting for Tomorrow" reforestation program at McHenry County Conservation District's Coral Woods Conservation Area near Marengo.

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Individuals, families, schools, church and Scout groups can help reforest Coral Woods in Marengo by participating in McHenry County Conservation District's "Planting for Tomorrow" reforestation program. Sponsor a 3-foot tall oak or hickory seedling for $30 each, three for $75, or five for $100 to be planted this fall.

Donations for the fall 2013 planting will be accepted until Tuesday, April 30. To make a donation, call (815) 338-6223 or visit www.MCCDistrict.org/ge-planting-for-tomorrow.htm to download a form or connect to the online order system.

All spring donors are invited to participate in the tree planting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, at Coral Woods Conservation Area.

The district is currently trying to fill a 10-acre section within the 775-acre site with seedlings donated by participants. Coral Woods Conservation Area is one of the largest remaining wooded areas in McHenry County, hosting red, white, and bur oaks as well as sugar maple trees. Yet, it was once a vast 3,000-acre woodland, now just a fraction of what it was.

The "Planting for Tomorrow" program is designed to help Coral Woods to continue its natural process of regeneration.

"This program allows the public to get involved and contribute to the greater role of conservation while also ensuring that the remaining woods will exist for generations to come," said Wendy Kummerer, communications manager.

For details, call (815) 338-6223 or visit www.MCCDistrict.org.

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