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posted: 1/20/2014 1:12 PM

Volunteers needed for Oak Rescue workday

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Submitted by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County will hold its annual celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at D'Andrea Banquets in Crystal Lake.

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The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Jan. 22. Advance payment is required. Cost to current members is $40 or $50 for nonmembers. Email Jackie at jeberle@conservemc.org.

This winter, you also can join The Land Conservancy in an "Oak Rescue."

An Oak Rescue is a workday where oak lovers get together on a winter day to clear invasive brush around some ancient oaks. Participants should dress for the weather. For details, email Melissa at mhormann@conservemc.org.

Join volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25, at Harvard Gateway Park, 22000 Heritage Lane. From the intersection of routes 23 and 14 in Harvard, go south on Route 23 and take the first right onto Heritage Lane. Take the first right again onto Marengo Road and pull over onto the side of the road.

The next event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Van Maren's Woods, 20202 Lembcke Road, south of Harvard. Lembcke Road is approximately 2 miles south of Harvard. Take Route 14 to Lembcke Road. Go west on Lembcke Road 1.2 miles. The woodland is on the north side of the road. There is no residence, so watch for signs.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. For information, visit www.conservemc.org.

Since 1991, The Land Conservancy has helped protect more than 1,900 acres of McHenry County's prairies, wetlands and woodlands by working with private landowners, communities and other partners.

They do this by direct acquisition of property (through purchase or donation), or the establishment of conservation easements.

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