Monday, May 6, 2013
The Lake County Forest Preserves will hold a native plant sale May 11-12, while SWALCO will sell compost bins and rain barrels May 11.
As you gear up for spring, you may want to stop by Independence Grove this weekend to pick up some essentials. The Lake County Forest Preserves will hold its 16th Annual Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12. The event, which will serve as a fundraiser for the Forest Preserves' environmental education programs, will feature a variety of items, including: ferns, flowers, grasses, shrubs, trees and vines. The full list can be seen on the Lake County Forest Preserves website. According to Forest Preserves officials, "native plants thrive naturally in Lake County soil and water, requiring less time, effort and expense to maintain. They provide valuable food and shelter to native birds, butterflies and …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Lake County Forest Preserve District was awarded a $1.9 million grant to construct a trail underpass at Rollins Road near Grayslake.
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Monday, February 18
The Lake County Forest Preserves received a $1.9 million grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) for the Millennium Trail Rollins Road Bike Path Underpass project near Grayslake. Rollins Road Underpass The grant will help fund construction of an underpass at Rollins Road just west of Route 45 in Grayslake. The trail tunnel will safely connect Rollins Savanna and Fourth Lake Forest Preserves and provide a much-needed extension of the Millennium Trail in north-central Lake County. When the underpass is complete, Millennium Trail users will be able to travel between four connected preserves (Rollins Savanna, Fourth Lake, Bonner Farm and McDonald Woods), and to several neighboring communities and local destinations, …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
From golf coordinator to lifeguard, the Lake County Forest Preserve District has a variety of job openings at area locations including Independence Grove, Ryerson Conservation Area and Brae Loch Golf Club.
Learn more about the Lake County Forest Preserve District at www.lcfpd.org.
Friday, February 8, 2013
There's plenty of snow now to get out and enjoy some winter sports at Lake County Forest Preserves in and around Grayslake.
If cross-country skiing or snowmobiling is your thing, the Lake County Forest Preserves have you covered in and around the Grayslake area. Check out these forest preserve locations to learn more: For current winter sports conditions, call the LCFPD hotline at (847) 968-3235. Click here for more great forest preserve locations in Libertyville and Vernon Hills. Got a favorite spot? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Lake County Forest Preserves announced the find Thursday.
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Thursday, January 31
During stream monitoring this past summer, Nick Huber and other ecologists of the Lake County Forest Preserves discovered several dozen Mississippi grass shrimp, Palaimonetes kadikensis, in a forest preserve along the Des Plaines River in southern Lake County. Due to the fact that you can see right through them, this species is also commonly referred to as glass shrimp. At first sight, the ecologists did not recognize the inch-long crustaceans. It was clear that this find was something rare and exciting. After further collection parameters were determined, Huber and his team confirmed it was safe to remove two specimens for identification in their laboratory. Aquatic insect identification requires equipment with high-powered magnification …
A bald eagle was spotted on Tuesday at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville.
Have you seen any bald eagles flying around Lake County lately? If you have, you're not alone. The Lake County Forest Preserves shared a photo on their Facebook page Tuesday of a bald eagle that was spotted in a tree at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. Commenters on that photo reported seeing bald eagles in other places, too, including at Route 173 and Kilbourne, and near Gregg's Landing in Vernon Hills. Even more sightings were reported when the photo was shared on the Grayslake Patch Facebook page. One reader said she saw a bald eagle in Lake Zurich on Jan. 27. Another said she spotted one in Lake Villa last week, while another reader said she saw a bald eagle in Gurnee on Monday. Mark Hurley, an environmental educator…
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Residents can recycle their Christmas trees by dropping them off at a Lake County Forest Preserve where they'll be chipped and used to make trails, or have them picked up by Waste Management through the village's holiday tree pick-up program.
Residents have two options for getting rid of their Christmas tree—recycle it or participate in the village's holiday tree pick-up program. Recycling Don’t want to send your Christmas tree to the landfill? Drop it off at a Lake County Forest Preserve site for recycling. Donated trees are chipped and used for trails and for landscaping at forest preserves throughout Lake County. Bring your tree to a drop-off site at one of the following forest preserves, open daily from 6:30 a.m. to sunset: Only undecorated, real Christmas trees can be accepted; no yard waste. Commercial drop-offs are prohibited. Grayslake Village Tree Pick-Up Recycling the tree not an option for you? The Village of Grayslake's holiday tree pick-up program will take place …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Get out and about in Lake County and improve your overall health and well-being.
What a better way to take advantage of the scenic trails winding through the Lake County Forest Preserves than by taking the Hike Lake County Challenge. At each preserve, look for Hike Lake County signs at the trailhead to get you started on the right route. Complete just seven of the 12 designated hikes by November 30 and earn a free commemorative shield for your walking stick. Each year features new trails and a colorful new shield. How it Works To get started, you’ll need an official Travel Log to record each of your hikes. Then select your trail locations, grab your hiking shoes and head to the trails. Let your canine companion join in the fun and complete the hikes with you. Record their name in your Travel Log and they can earn a …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A DuPont chemical damaged 20 trees at the Brae Loch Golf Course in Grayslake, and an additional 135 trees will have to undergo a tree-care program. It also damaged trees at the Countryside Golf Course in Mundelein.
The Lake County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners today approved a settlement with DuPont as compensation for damages the District incurred at two of the District’s golf courses through the use of the herbicide Imprelis. The Forest Preserve District applied Imprelis, an herbicide produced by DuPont, in the spring of 2011 to the bluegrass fairways and rough areas of two of its golf courses, Countryside in Mundelein and Brae Loch in Grayslake. Imprelis was not applied at the District’s other golf course, ThunderHawk in Beach Park, according to a release. Imprelis had been introduced to the market the previous fall as an EPA-approved herbicide. At that time, testing showed the herbicide as highly effective in controlling common …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
You never know what you might see in the Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve in Grayslake.
While on a walk in Rollins Savanna, my friend Becky and I saw this deer out for his exercise, too. We also saw turtles and her husband saw some coyotes. What have you seen while out enjoying nature? Post a photo here, or leave a comment telling about it.