TLC reaches milestone in 5,000 Acre Challenge to protect McHenry County's oak trees

  • Land owners are learning to care for their oak woods through the 5,000 Acres program, offered by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County.

    Land owners are learning to care for their oak woods through the 5,000 Acres program, offered by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County. Courtesy of The Land Conservancy of McHenry County

 
Submitted by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
Updated 6/12/2020 9:21 PM

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County has announced that since the launch of the 5,000 Acre Challenge in late January, private landowners and municipalities have increased the total to over 4,000 acres of oak woods cared for in McHenry County.

The 5,000 Acre Challenge is forging partnerships with private landowners, who now own 85 percent of the county's remaining oaks, and seeking support from municipalities and the public.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

TLC believes meeting the 5,000 Acre Challenge is crucial to protect the environment and character of McHenry County.

Oaks and other trees help clean the air and water and reduce air temperature, helping to conserve energy. They reduce flooding and support our native wildlife.

Native oaks evolved with native plants and wildlife to make unique ecosystems that are some of the most endangered in the world.

Visit 5000Acres.com to learn more about caring for oak trees and to include your oak acreage in the total.

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