Volunteer Work Day Scheduled for October 22 at Sterne’s Woods & Fen

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 11:59:58 PM. Bulletin Board: A Post From the Community | Check out the historic aerial photo below to see what the fen looked like on July 16, 1939. You can see aerial photos for all of Illinois here: http://clearinghouse.isgs.illinois.edu/data/imagery/1937-1947-illinois-historical-aerial-photography THE EVENT Spend some time outdoors and help make a great park even better. Volunteer at Sterne's Woods & Fen on
Check out the historic aerial photo below to see what the fen looked like on July 16, 1939. You can see aerial photos for all of Illinois here: THE EVENT Spend some time outdoors and help make a great park even better. Volunteer at Sterne's Woods & Fen on Sunday, October 22nd from 9-11AM. We will be clearing invasive species beside the main trail. Invasive understory brush crowds out native species like oak saplings, shading them to death before they have chance to mature. Even the tallest oaks in Sterne's Woods are losing their lower limbs to competition with invasives. We'll cut out buckthorn and honeysuckle bushes giving the native understory plants and oaks a chance to grow. THE GROUPWe meet monthly at the Sterne's outdoor pavilion, 5617 Hillside Dr. Volunteers will have a chance to learn about restoration ecology and what makes Sterne's special. Bring a waterbottle and a pair of work gloves. The park district will supply the tools, and I will bring treats. Email Brice Alt, volunteer site steward, to receive updates: bricemaieralt@hotmail.com THE PARKSterne's Woods & Fen became an Illinois State Nature Preserve in 1994 to preserve and protect its unique ecology. A fen is a rare type of wetland in which cold groundwater that is high in calcium and magnesium seeps to the surface. The unique water chemistry supports plants that grow nowhere else. Sterne's Fen is home to at least 10 rare or endangered plant species. The surrounding parkland acts as a buffer to the fen and...Read more
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