On March 3, 2016, Conserve Lake County will be hosting the classroom/field day portion of Basic Wildfire Firefighting & Prescribed Fire Training taught by Incident Management Specialist LLC. The training includes the following courses that have been approved by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and endorsed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
S-130: Firefighter Training
S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
I-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
L-180: Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service
The training includes 24 hours of online coursework, followed by eight hours of classroom and field work at Almond Marsh. Those who successfully complete the course will earn a NWCG certificate. Cost of registration is $220 (payable to Incident Management Specialist LLC).
You must register for these courses by February 22, 2016 to be eligible to attend the classroom/field day.
Deerpath Farm in Mettawa recently became the first homeowners association in Lake County to be Conservation@Home certified.
The 200-acre Deerpath Farm development features 140 acres of woods and prairie owned by the Deerpath Farm Homeowners Association. The developer of has been restoring the land since 2000 including restoring the site's natural hydrology, re-seeding native plants and removing approximately 100 acres of buckthorn.
"Deerpath Farm presents an exemplary model for homeowner associations throughout the region," said Conserve Lake County executive director Dave Neu. "This is a neighborhood where people and nature exist in balance and harmony. We are pleased and honored to include them in our program."
Our Conservation@Home staff has been dreaming of the outdoors and put together this list of ways to get your kids outside for some fun play. Playing outdoors has the great benefit of instilling a love of nature that will last a lifetime!
We're hearing many sad stories about ash trees being lost to the emerald ash borer - and are experiencing it on our own properties. The impact to both the landscape and the bottom line is significant. As you plan for replacements, consider a diversity of natives well-suited to your site. This handy new list will help.