Yesterday the Winnebago County Health Department and the City of Rockford, where NLI’s office is located, announced their recommendation to suspend all public gatherings of more than 25 people in an effort to limit the exposure and/or possible spread of COVID-19.

The health and safety of Natural Land Institute’s members, supporters, volunteers, staff and event attendees are very important to us. We encourage you to take care of yourself and loved ones. For more information see the resources list at the end of this message

The Executive Committee of the NLI Board of Trustees has been monitoring and discussing this health issue in our community. Given these concerns they are considering possible alternatives to holding the Annual Dinner on March 24. Because this event is such an important fundraiser for us one of our alternatives is to re-schedule at a later date. They will make a final decision by Wed., March 18 and we will let you know as soon as possible what the decision is.

Natural Land Institute will continue doing the work of preserving, protecting, managing, and stewarding our natural lands throughout the region on a daily basis. Volunteer land stewardship days and committee meetings will continue as scheduled.

Winnebago County has many natural assets and we encourage everyone in the community to spend time in nature as much as possible because of its calming and healing qualities. Breathing fresh air, getting exercise, interacting with plants and animals provide unlimited benefits for your physical and mental health. To enjoy nature visit NLI’s Nygren Wetland Preserve ( or one of our many local parks and Forest Preserves (

The City of Rockford sent an email news announcement today and listed the following resources for further information.

Please note: The Prescribed Burn Training scheduled for Sun., March 29, 2020 will continue as planned. See the calendar at for more information about it and to register.


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