Trees Forever to Host Conservation Buffer Field Day in Vermilion County
Zawarus Family Showcases Conservation Practices
Hoopeston, IL - (September 12, 2013) Area farmers and landowners interested in learning more about hazelnut plantings and a variety of other conservation practices are invited to attend a buffer field day at the Zawarus Family Farm in Vermilion County, 7 miles east of Hoopeston, Illinois. The event will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Trees Forever is co-hosting this event in conjunction with Alan and Marge Zawarus, as part of the Illinois Buffer Partnership program.
Hosts Alan and Marge Zawarus will discuss the hazelnut plantings and conservation practices they have utilized on their property. Trees Forever Program Manager Debbie Fluegel will discuss resources available through the Trees Forever buffer program, which encourages the planting of trees, shrubs and grasses to improve water quality. Trees Forever helped fund the installation as part of their Illinois Buffer Partnership, which provides information and education about the benefits and value of conservation plantings, shares best management practices for buffer installation and maintenance, and works with landowners to develop and plant demonstration projects.
"Alan and Marge Zawarus were looking for ways to provide wildlife habitat and a windbreak for their property." notes Fluegel. "By planting hazelnuts, they have provided plants that are suitable for both wildlife and humans. This is a great opportunity for other landowners to see what the possibilities are for their own properties."
The public is invited to attend this buffer field day event. To get to the Zawarus family farm, travel 7 miles east of Hoopeston on State Route 9, then turn south on CR 2000 East. The farm is located 2 miles south of Route 9 on the west side of the road.
Sponsors of the Illinois Buffer Partnership are the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, Syngenta and GROWMARK.
For more information about the Zawarus Family field day event, or about the Trees Forever Illinois Buffer Partnership program, please contact Debbie Fluegel at (309) 613-0095 or log onto www.TreesForever.org.
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Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization based in Marion, IA committed to planting trees, encouraging community involvement and stewardship, and caring for the environment. Programs focus on improving air and water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, providing substantial energy savings and beautifying our landscape. For more information visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.