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Our 2019 calendar of events is taking shape. We have some exciting new outings planned in addition to our signature events of Camp Casper, Potluck and Program Series, Moonlight Frog Walk, and Meteors on the Mound.  Scroll through and mark your calendars today!

February 2019

NW IL Burn Co-op Announces Annual Prescribed Burn Training

Have you ever wanted to learn more about prescribed ecological burning? Do you own wildlife habitat that could benefit from prescribed ecological burning? Have you ever wanted to be part of a prescribed burn crew?

A basic training for prescribed burn team participants will be held in the Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club Lounge focusing on fire behavior, prescribed burn planning, safety, equipment, and execution. This training session is co-sponsored by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts, and the Galena Territory Association Greenspace Committee. This training is open to people of all skill and experience levels.

The burn team is a cooperative effort designed to help people who want to use prescribed fire to manage prairie, savanna, and woodland habitats. We require individuals, or their representatives, who want their property burned to join the team and participate on at least five (5) burns before a burn on their property can be scheduled. We also welcome volunteers who just want to help manage our region’s beautiful landscapes through prescribed burning. We require all burn team members to attend our burn class or another class deemed equivalent before participating with the burn crew.

For more information, contact:

Emily Lubcke, Galena Territory Association – 815-777-2000 or elubcke@nullthegalenaterritory.com
Frances Rivoire, Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation – 815-930-3914 or 1flebr@nullgmail.com
Ed Strenski, Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts – 815-281-1820 or estrenski@nullsbcglobal.net

March 2019

Movie Event: Intelligent Trees with Randy Nyboer Speaking

Do trees have human-like characteristics? That’s the premise of this 45-minute documentary film, which features German forester Peter Wohlleben, and is based on his internationally best-selling book, “The Hidden Life of Trees.” The film will be screened at the Galena Territory Association Owners Club with doors opening at 6, the movie at 7 followed by the presentation. The book and film postulate that the massive, fungal infused network of roots in forests and woodlands are a “wood-wide web,” the “brains of the forest,” through which trees “nurture,” “warn,” and “protect” each other. Following the movie, botanist, ecologist and natural area surveyor Randy Nyboer will lead a Q&A and provide perspective. Complementary popcorn and beer. Free to attend, RSVP’s not required, but seating may be limited.Snow date: March 3.


JDCF Annual Meeting with Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative at the Morton Arboretum

The public is invited to attend JDCF’s annual meeting for an interactive social hour, election and re-election of board members, and the announcement of the recipient of the 2018 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award.  Our keynote speaker will be Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and Manager of Community Trees Program at the Morton Arboretum.  She will discuss the Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan, the importance of oak ecosystems that are part of our natural heritage, and how private landowners are key to preserving and protecting these ecosystems today. Only 17% of these oak ecosystems remain and they are quickly being converted to other land uses, becoming overtaken by invasive species, losing access to sunlight, succumbing to excessive browse, and experiencing low age diversity. Without actions now these ecosystems will be lost for future generations. The Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan provides a framework and actionable strategies that everyone can be part of resulting in enhancement, protection, and preservation of oak ecosystems for the future.  $45/person includes a buffet dinner with vegetarian option.  Cash bar available.

April 2019

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean?

JDCF is sponsoring a Biggest Tree Contest to recognize the largest tree within each of the designated native tree species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson Counties. Gather the family and head outside to discover, record, and appreciate the largest native tree species in our forests, parks, and front yards from April 1st through October 1st, 2019. We hope that in searching for these champion trees, you will become more aware of the beauty and importance of Illinois’ native trees. Information about the contest can be found here:  Big Tree Rack Card


Wine & Woodcocks Viewing Party

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and beverage of choice and join us at dusk to learn about and view woodcocks at JDCF’s Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary.  It is a half mile hike to the viewing area and an ATV will be available for those needing assistance. A flashlight may be helpful for the walk back and long pants are recommended.  This is the time of year for the woodcock mating call and dance.  The event will be cancelled if it is raining. $10 for non-members of JDCF.

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