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Public Invited to Welcome Spring to Fugate Woods

Event on April 5 to help restore riverbank habitat

FAIRBURY, ILL. (March 26, 2014) - Residents of central Illinois are invited to welcome spring and make a difference during a tree-planting day at the Fugate Woods Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 5.

Trees Forever and the Prairie Lands Foundation are sponsoring the event at Fugate Woods in Fairbury from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a free picnic lunch.

Volunteers of all ages, service groups and families are encouraged to join the efforts in restoring habitat along the banks of the South Vermilion River and Indian Creek. Learn the "heeling in" technique of tree planting and the value and importance of riparian (stream bank) habitat. Trees Forever's Illinois Buffer Partnership program is providing 750 native shrub and bare-root tree seedlings, and a picnic lunch will be provided for all volunteers in Fugate Woods Gathering Grove after the event.

The day is one of 25 special events that Trees Forever is sponsoring during its 25th anniversary this year. The Illinois Buffer Partnership sites feature plantings that combine trees, shrubs and grasses to increase wildlife habitat, improve water quality and reduce soil and stream bank erosion.

What: Make a Difference Workday in Fugate Woods

When: Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a picnic lunch

Where: Fugate Woods Nature Preserve in Fairbury; meet at the Bluestem Trail entrance. Follow event signs at Illinois Route 24 east of Fairbury to 2300 East Road, to 900 North Road.

Other: Sturdy attire, boots and gloves recommended. Please bring shovels.

For more information, contact Debbie Fluegel, Program Manager & Field Coordinator for Trees Forever, at (309) 925-9925 or

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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 or call 800-369-1269.

Debbie Fluegel
(309) 925-9925




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