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Upcoming Events

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December 31, 2018 at 12:00pm

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Past Events

Farmland Preservation Summit

September 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

Farmland Preservation Summit 

to Focus on Future Generations

Today, one of the biggest challenges facing farmers is how to pass a way of life and farmland to another generation in the face of continued development and economic challenges.

“It takes two hundred to a thousand years to produce one inch of top-soil,” Jim Robbins, chair of the Will South-Cook Soil & Water Conservation District said.

“We need to protect something that is so vital to our existence in producing food for the world through conservation practices that are available to all of us.”

Robbins said the goal of the upcoming Farmland Preservation Summit is to “provide guidance and assistance for landowners to implement conservation strategies on their land.”

Will and Cook County farmers have seen thousands of acres converted from fields and pastures. Will County Farm Bureau Manager Mark Schneidewind puts the issue in focus: “We have lost approximately 30,000 acres of farmland to development since 1991. Housing was the early loss, but the last 6-8 years has been the warehouse movement.

     “With the loss of land, we have seen the reduction of livestock locally as the urban pressures really place challenges on livestock businesses because of people not understanding agriculture.”

         Everyone interested in learning more about options available for farm owners, operators, and other groups are invited to the free presentation slated for Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m., at the district office in New Lenox, Mary Baskerville of the Network said.

         Options to help farmers preserve land into the future will be presented by keynote speakers Stacy Meyers, Senior Counsel for OpenLands, and Janice Hill of Kane County, and USDA District Conservation Trenton Rader. 

Hill will explain the benefits of long-term farmland protection and successful examples from Kane County and other locations. She has managed Kane County’s Farmland Protection program since its inception in 2001.

 Strategies for identifying and understanding options for agricultural easements and selling development rights will be presented by Meyers, who works with individuals and communities across the region. Options available to farmers and landowners who want to explore ways to preserve the natural and agricultural value of their land will be explained. Technical assistance is available to draft easements that fit the future needs and lifestyles of the landowners and their families, she said.  

Rader will explain benefits of programs offered by the United States Department of Agriculture.  

         The economic impact of agriculture remains strong in this rapidly developing county, Schneidewind said: “We have a huge economic engine for ag in Will County with approximately 246,000 acres still in ag production locally.  

“This generates around 18 million bushel of corn and about 4.5 million bushels of soybeans yearly,” he said.  At $3 a bushel for corn and $8.50 for soybeans, that generates $37 million in soybeans sales and $54 million in corn sales annually. “That does not include the wheat, oats, hogs, goats, sheep dairy and beef sales including hay and straw and corn stalks and pumpkins,” he said.

The Farmland Preservation Summit is jointly sponsored by the Will County Environmental Network and the Will-South Cook Soil & Water District. For additional information, interested persons may phone the Soil & Water District Office at 815/ 462-3106, extension 3. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. The Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District is at 1201 South Gougar Road in New Lenox.

 

 

2018 September Board Meeting

September 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

Personnel Committee Board Meeting

August 30, 2018 at 3:30am

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2018 Conservation Farm Tour

August 15, 2018 at 3:00pm

Soil and Water Conservation District to Host Farm Tour August 15th

The Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will host a tour of the Jim Robbins farm located in Wilton Township, Will County, on Wednesday, August 15th.  Starting at 3:00 p.m., participants will have an opportunity to view the actual construction site of a grassed waterway demonstrating a popular conservation practice that is used to manage field drainage.

The tour will include field stops with a strip-till practice, a cover crop using a radish/oat seed mix and a soil pit where a soil profile evaluation will be completed.  There will also be a demonstration of infiltration rates  and soil loss/erosion using a rainfall simulator. 

Join us along with a group of knowledgeable speakers for a day of exploration and idea sharing.  The tour will conclude at 5:30, with a pork chop dinner provided by the SWCD. Reservations by August 6thare appreciated and can be made by calling the district office at (815) 462-3106 ext.3 or sending an email to info@will-scookswcd.org.

An agenda and map will be available at www.will-scookswcd.orgby August 10th.  Hard copies can also be obtained via email or USPS by requesting such at the time of registration.

 

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2018 August Board Meeting

August 8, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 July Board Meeting

July 11, 2018 at 7:00pm

2018 June Board Meeting

June 13, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 May Board Meeting

May 9, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 Spring Tree & Fish Sale

April 27, 2018 at 12:00pm

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2018 April Board Meeting

April 11, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 April Special Board Meeting

April 5, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Pond Workshop

March 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

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2018 March Board Meeting

March 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 Annual Recognition Dinner

March 8, 2018 at 6:30pm

2018 February Board Meeting

February 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2017 Annual Meeting

February 14, 2018 at 6:00pm

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2018 January Board Meeting

January 10, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2017 December Board Meeting

December 13, 2017 at 2:30am

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2017 November Board Meeting

November 8, 2017 at 7:00pm

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2017 October Board Meeting

October 11, 2017 at 7:00pm

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2017 Fall Tree & Fish Sale

October 6, 2017 at 12:00pm

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2017 Water Summit

September 14, 2017 at 6:30pm

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2017 September Board Meeting

September 13, 2017 at 7:00pm

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2017 August Board Meeting

August 9, 2017 at 7:00pm

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2017 July Board Meeting

July 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

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2017 June Board Meeting

June 14, 2017 at 7:00pm

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2017 May Board Meeting

May 10, 2017 at 7:00pm

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2017 Conservation Gardening Night

April 27, 2017 at 7:00pm

2017 Conservation Gardening Night
Featuring:  Nancy Kuhajda, Master Gardener
Topics: Vegetable & Flower gardening, Composting and Native Plants (Refreshments available)

Registration is appreciated--> info@will-scookswcd.org or (815)462-3106 x 3

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2017 April Board Meeting

April 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

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2017 March Board Meeting

March 8, 2017 at 7:00am

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2017 Annual Recognition Dinner

March 2, 2017 at 6:30pm

2016 Annual Meeting

February 8, 2017 at 6:00pm

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2017 February Board Meeting

February 8, 2017 at 7:00am

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2017 January Board Meeting

January 11, 2017 at 7:00am

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December 31, 2016 at 12:00pm

2016 December Board Meeting

December 15, 2016 at 2:00am

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2016 November Board Meeting

November 9, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2016 Fall Tree & Fish Sale

October 14, 2016 at 10:00am

2016 October Board Meeting

October 12, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2016 September Board Meeting

September 14, 2016 at 7:00am

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2016 August Board Meeting

August 10, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2016 July Board Meeting

July 19, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2016 June Board Meeting

June 8, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2016 May Board Meeting

May 11, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2016 Spring Tree & Fish Sale

April 29, 2016 at 12:00pm

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2016 April Board Meeting

April 13, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2016 Annual Recognition Dinner

March 10, 2016 at 6:30am

2016 March Board Meeting

March 9, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2016 February Board Meeting

February 10, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2016 Director Election

February 10, 2016 at 7:00am

3 director positions; term is 2 yrs. Nomination forms are due by 1/21/2016

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2015 Annual Meeting

February 10, 2016 at 6:00am

2016 January Board Meeting

January 13, 2016 at 7:00pm

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2015 December Board Meeting

December 9, 2015 at 10:00am

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2015 November Board Meeting

November 9, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2015 October Board Meeting

October 14, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2015 Fall Tree & Fish Sale

October 9, 2015 at 12:00pm

Order Form Available 8/17

2015 September Board Meeting

September 9, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2015 August Board Meeting

August 12, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2015 July Board Meeting

July 8, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2015 June Board Meeting

June 10, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2015 May Board Meeting

May 13, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2015 Spring Tree & Fish Sale

May 1, 2015 at 12:00pm

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2015 April Board Meeting

April 8, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2015 March Board Meeting

March 11, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2015 Annual Recognition Dinner

March 5, 2015 at 6:30pm

2015 February Board Meeting

February 11, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2014 Annual Meeting

February 11, 2015 at 6:00pm

2015 Director Election

February 11, 2015 at 7:00am

2 director positions; term is 2 yrs. Nomination forms are due by 1/22/2015

2015 Conservation Cropping Seminars

January 27, 2015 at 8:30am

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2015 January Board Meeting

January 14, 2015 at 7:00pm

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2014 December Board Meeting

December 10, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 November Board Meeting

November 12, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 Fall Tree & Fish Sale

October 10, 2014 at 12:00pm

2014 October Board Meeting

October 8, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 September Board Meeting

September 10, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 August Board Meeting

August 13, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 July Board Meeting

July 9, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 June Board Meeting

June 11, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 May Board Meeting

May 14, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 Spring Tree & Fish Sale

May 2, 2014 at 11:30am

2014 Conservation Gardening Night

April 10, 2014 at 7:00pm

2014 Conservation & Gardening Night
Featuring:  Nancy Kuhajda, Master Gardener
Topics: Vegetable & Flower gardening, Composting and Native Plants (Refreshments and tree seedlings available)

2014 Northeastern Illinois Envirothon

April 10, 2014 at 8:00am

Envirothon Information can be found under the Education tab to the left

2014 April Board Meeting

April 9, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 March Board Meeting

March 12, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2014 Annual Recognition Dinner

March 6, 2014 at 6:30pm

2014 February Board Meeting

February 12, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2013 Annual Meeting

February 12, 2014 at 6:00pm

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2014 January Board Meeting

January 8, 2014 at 7:00pm

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2013 December Board Meeting

December 11, 2013 at 10:00am

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2013 November Board Meeting

November 13, 2013 at 7:00pm

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2013 October Board Meeting

October 9, 2013 at 7:00pm

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2013 September Board Meeting

September 11, 2013 at 7:00pm

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Pond Shocking Demo & Workshop

September 9, 2013 at 12:00pm

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2013 August Board Meeting

August 14, 2013 at 7:00pm

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2013 July Board Meeting

July 10, 2013 at 7:00pm

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2013 June Board Meeting

June 12, 2013 at 7:00pm

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2013 May Board Meeting

May 8, 2013 at 7:00pm

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2013 Spring Tree & Fish Sale

May 3, 2013 at 11:30am

2013 April Board Meeting

April 10, 2013 at 7:00pm

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2013 March Board Meeting

March 13, 2013 at 7:00pm

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2013 Annual Recognition Dinner

March 7, 2013 at 6:30pm

2013 February Board Meeting

February 13, 2013 at 7:00pm

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2012 Annual Meeting

February 13, 2013 at 6:00pm

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2013 Director Election

February 13, 2013 at 7:00am
2 director positions; term is 2 yrs. Nomination forms are due by 1/24/2013

2013 January Board Meeting

January 9, 2013 at 7:00pm

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December 2012 Board Meeting

December 11, 2012 at 11:00am

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November 2012 Board Meeting

November 17, 2012 at 7:00pm

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October 2012 Board Meeting

October 10, 2012 at 7:00pm

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September 2012 Board Meeting

September 12, 2012 at 7:00pm

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August 2012 Board Meeting

August 8, 2012 at 7:00pm

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Cover Crop Workshop

August 7, 2012 at 9:00am

Cover Crops Workshop

 

 

The Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will be hosting a Conservation Education Program on Tuesday, August 7th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., at the Will-South Cook SWCD Building, 1201 South Gougar Road in New Lenox. Bakery items and beverages will be available.

 

Doug Hanson, Seed Specialist for ProHarvest Seeds, will discuss the benefits of cover crops in dry years, deep-rooted crop opportunities, cover crop blends and increased opportunities for cover crops in 2012.

 

Other presenters include Russ Higgins and James Theuri, both with the University of Illinois Extension Service, Randy Edwards, USDA-NRCS District Conservationist and Certified Crop Advisor and Neil Pellmann, SWCD District Conservationist.

 

NRCS and SWCD cover crop opportunities and incentives will also be presented along with information on how to participate.

 

Following the presentation a panel of local individuals involved in production agriculture will be available to share their experiences.

 

Please contact Kimberly Mitchell, Will-South Cook SWCD, at 815-462-3106 for additional information.  An R.S.V.P. by August 6th is requested.

July 2012 Board Meeting

July 11, 2012 at 7:00pm

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June 2012 Board Meeting

June 13, 2012 at 7:00pm

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May 2012 Board Meeting

May 9, 2012 at 7:00pm

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April 2012 Board Meeting

April 11, 2012 at 7:00pm

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March 2012 Board Meeting

March 14, 2012 at 7:00pm

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Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Seminar

March 7, 2012 at 8:30am

Illinois Lake Management Association 27th Annual Conference starts:

March 1, 2012 at 10:30am

February 2012 Board Meeting

February 8, 2012 at 7:00pm

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2012 Director Election

February 8, 2012 at 7:00am

3 - 2-year terms will be filled

January 2012 Board Meeting

January 11, 2012 at 10:00am

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December 2011 Board Meeting

December 14, 2011 at 3:00pm

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November Board Meeting

November 9, 2011 at 7:00pm

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October Board Meeting

October 12, 2011 at 7:00pm

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September Board Meeting

September 14, 2011 at 7:00pm

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2011 Farm Tour

August 17, 2011 at 8:30am

Soil and Water Conservation District to Host Farm Tour August 17th

The Will-South Cook SWCD will host a tour of the Burton Barr farm located in Wilton Township, Will County, on Wednesday, August 17th.  Starting at 8:30 a.m., participants will have an opportunity to view the actual construction site of a parallel tile out-let terrace system, demonstrating how terraces are built and field tile is installed to outlet water from a terrace storage area.

Other practices that will be reviewed are strip-till corn and no-till soybeans, stream bank erosion control and a wooded riparian stream buffer. Tillage equipment will also be on display and demonstrated on wheat ground. 

Other highlights of the tour will include a visit to the farm pond for a discussion on pond construction and stocking rates, and a stop within a beautiful mature oak savannah that you won’t want to miss.  A soil profile evaluation will also be demonstrated through the use of a soil pit.

Join us along with a group of knowledgeable speakers for a day of exploration and idea sharing.  Lunch tickets are available for $5.  Call (815)462-3106 ext.3 to register by August 15th    

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August Board Meeting

August 10, 2011 at 7:00pm

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July 2011 Board Meeting

July 13, 2011 at 7:00pm

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June Board Meeting

June 8, 2011 at 7:00pm

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April Board Meeting

April 13, 2011 at 5:00pm

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March Board Meeting

March 9, 2011 at 7:00pm

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February Board Meeting

February 9, 2011 at 7:00pm
 
 

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January Board Meeting

January 12, 2011 at 1:00pm

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December Board Meeting

December 8, 2010 at 11:00am

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November Board Meeting

November 10, 2010 at 7:00pm

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October Board Meeting

October 13, 2010 at 7:00pm

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September Board Meeting

September 8, 2010 at 7:00pm
 

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August Board Meeting

August 11, 2010 at 7:00pm

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July Board Meeting

July 14, 2010 at 7:00pm

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June Board Meeting

June 9, 2010 at 7:00pm

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April Board Meeting

April 14, 2010 at 7:00pm

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March Board Meeting

March 10, 2010 at 7:00pm

 

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Pond Workshop

December 31, 1969 at 4:00pm