Did you miss the online plant sale? No worries! We will have native plants for sale at Conserve Lake County's office from from May 12 through 14. These are also the dates for those who ordered online to pick up their orders.
Please plan to join us for a wonderful, insightful evening at the Annual Meeting on April 20th. Meet new members of our staff, visit with friends and enjoy an engaging talk, "Diversity in Nature and Conservation," by our guest speaker, Tovar Cerulli. You'll also learn the recipient of our annual Lake County Conservation Award. Our evening includes a social time with beverages and hors d'oeuvres starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Independence Grove Visitor Center.
At the Annual Meeting this year we will challenging our members to make a committment to "Conserve" Lake County during 2016. It's as simple as writing down some ideas on how YOU can help make Lake County a better place to live for people and wildlife. Here are some ideas:
“I will volunteer 10 hours of my time and talent to support Conserve Lake County.”
“I will ensure that three of my friends and neighbors receive Conservation@Home consultations this year."
“I will recruit at least three new members for Conserve Lake County.”
“I will add native plants to my home gardens this year.”
“I will plant an oak sapling somewhere within Lake County.”
“I will remove invasive plant species from my property this year.”
“I will let my elected officials know that conservation issues are of high importance to me as a voter.”
“I will donate $250 toward the purchase of plants for installation of a Monarch Butterfly waystation at Conserve Lake County’s headquarters."
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.