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Habitat restoration workday held at Bliss Woods

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  • John Voelker, left, of Aurora and Tom Meitl of Geneva determine if a plant is an invasive species like buckthorn or honey suckle as they cut nonnative growth during a restoration workday Saturday at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve near Sugar Grove. Both have been volunteering at restoration days for about five years.

       John Voelker, left, of Aurora and Tom Meitl of Geneva determine if a plant is an invasive species like buckthorn or honey suckle as they cut nonnative growth during a restoration workday Saturday at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve near Sugar Grove. Both have been volunteering at restoration days for about five years.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Six volunteers braved gusty winds and bitter temperatures to help at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve near Sugar Grove for a restoration workday on Saturday morning.

Local naturalist and forest preserve steward Mary Ochsenschlager divided the group into pairs to cut down invasive, nonnative species, such as buckthorn, and then treat the stumps with herbicide. Native seeds were gathered for future plantings.

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The next scheduled workday at the forest preserve is from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 28. For more locations and dates for restoration workdays, go to the Kane County Forest Preserve website at kaneforest.com. or call (630) 762-2741.

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