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Westwood Conservation Area Restoration Workday
February 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Last year we received funds through the state of Illinois’ Natural Areas Stewardship Grant to remove invasive species and introduce native seeds in a section of this local Woodstock natural area. Westwood qualified for these funds because it acts as a natural buffer to Yonder Prairie Nature Preserve. Come on out and help us continue working towards our project goal!
In this woodland, volunteers are needed to remove invasive species that prohibit the growth of native trees and plants. We cut brush such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, and small willows with chainsaws and hand loppers. Volunteers can cut or help build and burn brush piles.
No experience is necessary, so if you love being outside, come join our team of friendly volunteers! Tools and light refreshments are provided. Please dress in long pants, sturdy shoes and old clothing for working near a burn pile.
In 2010 Westwood Park was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve and buffer for the adjacent TLC Yonder Prairie. Restoration work has been underway for several years to open up the woodland full of massive oaks, and to gently transition the edge into prairie.