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Van Maren Woods Restoration Workday

July 22, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This property is part of a 93 acre continuous stretch of woodland preserved by Al Van Maren and MCCD – formerly known as Community Research Forest. As we’ve cleared away the invasive brush much of the ground layer seems eager to rebound with native species that have been dormant in the seed bank. We’ll meet at the edge of the woodland and walk over to the work area together.

Directions: From highway 14, 4 miles south of Harvard or 7 miles north of Woodstock, head west on Lembcke Rd. for 1.3 miles. Park along the north side of the road or drive back through the field.

Nearest address: 20500 Lembcke Rd. Harvard IL


Sawyers Welcome!

Are you an experienced sawyer looking to help out at one of our workdays? Great!

We just ask that you demonstrate, to either myself or Mr. Ducci, your ability to follow safety procedures when

felling and bucking a tree at the start of the workday. All sawyers must bring their own gear

including: saw, fuel, bar oil, chaps, hearing and eye protection.

Tips to make your workday experience safe/enjoyable:

Bring plenty of water – better to bring too much than too little!

Sturdy boots are best or old tennis shoes will do too

Leather gloves or gardening gloves, an extra pair in the winter is a good idea

Long sleeves/pants – to prevent scrapes and scratches from branches

Hat – to protect your noggin and beautiful hair from flying embers

Sunglasses or eye protection

Feel free to bring loppers if you’ve got them — be sure to label them


July 22, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Van Maren Woods
20202 Lembcke Rd.
Harvard, IL 60033
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