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  • Kane County forest commissioners might expand deer hunting Apr 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    Deer hunters wrapped up their first full season of archery in two Kane County Forest Preserves by bagging 25 deer. Two of those tested positive for chronic wasting disease, enough for commissioners to deem the program a success worth expanding. The district's deer experts say the local herd is in need of thinning, but deer fans have traditionally disputed that notion.

     
  • Learn about forest preserve summer camps at open house Apr 23, 2014 3:51 PM
    Stop by Creek Bend Nature Center Saturday, April 26, to learn about Forest Preserve District of Kane County summer camp offerings. There's more to explore during Forest Preserve District summer camps for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children.

     
  • Parents can take kids to ‘Nature by Stroller’ series Apr 21, 2014 9:41 AM
    Moms or caregivers with infants or toddlers — bring young ones out on perhaps their first nature program, while you enjoy a leisurely walk through a forest preserve, during the Forest Preserve District of Kane County's "Nature by Stroller" program series.

     
  • Volunteers plant oaks in Kane County preserve Apr 19, 2014 7:47 PM
    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.

     
  • Train to count rare plants for forest district Apr 18, 2014 2:40 PM
    Help the Forest Preserve District of Kane County monitor rare but important plant species through "Plants of Concern Training." Learn how to create ecological quadrants and use GPS to count blooms and stems for threatened and endangered plants. There will be classroom instruction followed by an outdoor field session.

     
  • Celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree at Fitchie Creek in Elgin Apr 17, 2014 7:01 AM
    This weekend, volunteers can get some exercise and help the environment at the same time. Celebrate Earth Day by planting trees with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin.

     
  • Learn history of herbs at St. Charles workshop, take pot home Apr 11, 2014 4:13 PM
    Learn the history of common herbs and create a potted garden to take home during an April 19 "Herb Garden Workshop," offered by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County.

     
  • Kane Co. forest district eyeing 37 acres in Big Rock Apr 10, 2014 12:46 PM
    About 37 acres of pristine woodland may soon become property of the Kane County Forest Preserve District with the help of a $389,200 grant from the state. The property is on the far western edge of the county, in the 300-acre Big Rock Creek watershed. Officials are still negotiating the final purchase price, but some of the cash will come from the district's 2011 tax increase referendum.

     
  • Pending deal would clear way for Settler’s Hill redevelopment Apr 9, 2014 6:48 PM
    Waste Management and Kane County officials could ink an agreement next month that will allow golf course improvements and work on a proposed cross country track at the old Setter’s Hill landfill to move forward. County board members viewed the pending agreement for the first time Wednesday.

     
  • Kane forest district makes deal with ComEd, may make another Apr 7, 2014 9:15 AM
    The Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve will be home to new ComEd power lines if Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners get their way, according to a new deal announced last Friday. And with some coaxing by the owners of the Deutsch Dairy Farm, the Burlington Prairie Forest Preserve might see similar lines.

     
  • ComEd project puts Burlington business in jeopardy Apr 3, 2014 7:37 AM
    The Hope Reins Equine Therapy facility in Burlington may become a casualty of ComEd's Grand Prairie Gateway project. The farm, which provides counseling and therapy to children and adults with autism, would see high-voltage towers within about 150 feet of the property. “That really has the potential to destroy our business,” social worker Kristine Pienkowski said.

     
  • Volunteer your time in Kane County forest preserves Mar 31, 2014 8:52 AM
    Love to camp and assist others? The Forest Preserve District of Kane County seeks camping enthusiasts to volunteer for campground host positions in Big Rock and Elgin.

     
  • ‘Fabulous Frogs’ still in hiding in Elgin Mar 29, 2014 3:20 PM
    On a normal spring day, visitors to the Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin would hear the mating chirps and croaks of the frogs, but due to the extreme weather this winter and spring, they are still dormant and buried under the mud. Nonetehless, a group of about 20 adults and children were bundled up for the blustery March day, prepared to learn all about frogs.

     
  • On pelicans, pests and leaves: Answers to some recently asked questions Mar 29, 2014 6:01 AM
    From birds to oak trees and beetles, anything goes in the FAQ department here at the Forest Preserve District of Kane County nature center. Finding answers to questions is one of the most fun parts of being a naturalist. Here naturalist Valerie Blaine offers answers to some of the questions recently asked.

     
  • Aurora man gets 25 years for sex assaults at garden, store Mar 28, 2014 1:38 PM
    A 31-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison this week after pleading guilty to two Aurora sex attacks: a 2010 rape at a community garden plot and an attempted rape 2011 at a hardware store. Tyrone M. Young, of Aurora, was linked to the attacks by DNA and must serve 85 percent of his sentence, or about 21 years.

     
  • Cold can’t sap life out of Maple Sugaring Days Mar 16, 2014 3:59 PM
    Valerie Blaine stood Sunday at the base of a large maple tree at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles and tried to explain to the young crowd gathered around her how to collect sap to make sweet maple syrup. It wasn’t easy. The below-freezing wind chills and frozen sap were working against her during the annual Maple Sugaring Days event at Creek Bend Nature Center.

     
  • Settler's Hill redevelopment negotiations start again Mar 14, 2014 10:37 AM
    Public chastising of Waste Management officials for dragging their feet on plans to redevelop the former Settler's Hill landfill appear to have worked. Company officials came to the table this week with new promises of cooperation. Local residents may even see public access to the summit of the landfill by the end of the year.

     
  • Maple sugaring heralds spring’s arrival Mar 5, 2014 1:00 PM
    The best things in life are worth waiting for. Spring, for example. The initiation of spring for many folks is maple sugaring. Both spring and maple sugaring are a long time coming this year. But they are coming.

     
  • New plan calls for white water rafting, floating gardens in Fox River Feb 25, 2014 9:37 AM
    White water rafting, a floating botanical garden and an NCAA-level rowing course may transform St. Charles' portion of the Fox River into an active tourist hub if a plan envisioned by a local foundation is embraced by taxing bodies. “The Fox (River) is an aesthetic wonder,” a presenter said. “And it’s our most underutilized asset. The river should be a centerpiece for the city.”

     
  • Challenger only voice in Kane Co. District 3 race Feb 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    Officially, two candidates are on the ballot in the Democratic primary for a seat in Kane County Board District 3. But incumbent Jennifer Laesch has been absent from several meeting during the past few months and has not responded to multiple interview requests about her status. That leaves challenger Don Ishmael as the lone voice in the race.

     
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