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Community input sought on future of Kendall County forests at May 16 workshop

A workshop on the future of woodlands and forests in Kendall County is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, and input from the public is highly encouraged.

The Conservation Foundation and the Morton Arboretum are sponsoring the event at Meadowhawk Lodge at Hoover Forest Preserve in Yorkville. The workshop will provide information to the Chicago Region Trees Initiative, a collaboration of partners in the Chicago area to develop strategies for a healthy and diverse urban forest in years to come.

Discussion topics include:

• What can be done to protect and preserve the remaining 30 percent of Kendall County’s oak ecosystem?

• How can we avoid another problem like the emerald ash borer?

• What can be done to keep the invasive buckthorn population low or even eliminated before it takes over our forests?

Light refreshments will be provided at this free workshop. Meadowhawk Lodge is at 11285 Fox Road, Yorkville.

The Conservation Foundation, celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2017, is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations. Since it was founded in 1972, TCF has helped preserve nearly 33,000 acres of open space, restored and cleaned miles of rivers and streams, and educated thousands of kids by engaging them in nature and the outdoors.

Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties to preserve and restore nature in your neighborhood. Find out more at theconservationfoundation.org.

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