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Volunteers plant oaks in Kane County preserve

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  • Andy Olnas, a restoration technician with the Kane County Forest Preserve District, shows a group of people how to properly plant a tree. Hundreds of volunteers ventured into Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin Saturday to plant some 400 trees in honor of Earth Day.

       Andy Olnas, a restoration technician with the Kane County Forest Preserve District, shows a group of people how to properly plant a tree. Hundreds of volunteers ventured into Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin Saturday to plant some 400 trees in honor of Earth Day.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Shauna Winter, 15, and her mom, Michele Young, both of Batavia plant one of the trees. Hundreds of volunteers ventured into Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin Saturday to plant some 400 trees in honor of Earth Day.

       Shauna Winter, 15, and her mom, Michele Young, both of Batavia plant one of the trees. Hundreds of volunteers ventured into Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin Saturday to plant some 400 trees in honor of Earth Day.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Hundreds of volunteers ventured into Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin Saturday to plant some 400 trees in honor of Earth Day.

       Hundreds of volunteers ventured into Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin Saturday to plant some 400 trees in honor of Earth Day.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

Hundreds of volunteers left the beaten path and ventured into pastures of Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin Saturday for the second straight year to plant trees.

More than 400 oak trees were planted into pre-dug holes at the Kane County Forest Preserve property.

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"We wanted to do something for the community and this is the perfect opportunity," said Michele Young of Batavia, who was there with her teenage daughter Shauna White volunteering their time.

Andy Olnas, a restoration technician with the Kane County Forest Preserve District, showed volunteers the correct way to plant the trees.

Three different types of oaks were planted, along with a few token Kentucky coffee trees.

"Today is not just for fun," said Kane County Forest Preserve Director of Natural Resources Drew Ullberg. "It's about getting out and planting a tree."

The annual event was planned around Earth Day.

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