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Importance of oak woodlands highlighted in ‘Oaktober’ event

A program co-sponsored by a number of conservation partners emphasizes the importance of oak woodlands and neighbor involvement.

“Protecting Our Oaks” will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Yorkville Public Library.

The program includes presentations on the regional oak recovery effort, what old trees and historic wooden structures tell us about the region’s oak woodlands prior to European settlement, overview of Kendall County’s declining oak ecosystems, the importance of the Silver Springs Macrosite, and the need for natural area restoration through the help of private landowners.

Those attending will have an opportunity to talk with the presenters and ask questions. Information on how to become certified through The Conservation Foundation’s Conservation@Home program, Kendall County maps showing historic oak woodlands and the Silver Springs Macrosite, and other handouts will be available.

Free oak seedlings also will be available from The Conservation Foundation and Bartlett Trees.

To register, contact jchurch@theconsservationfoundation.org or call 630-553-0687, ext. 204. The Yorkville Public Library is at 902 Game Farm Road, Yorkville.

The program is co-sponsored by The Conservation Foundation and its partners: The Chicago Region Trees Initiative, Forest Foundation of Kendall County, the Morton Arboretum, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Forest Resources, University of Illinois Extension, the Yorkville Public Library, and the Kendall County Forest Preserve District.

TCF’s mission is to improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment. Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties. Find out more at theconservationfoundation.org.

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