February Tree of the Month: NLI’s Legacy Tree Program 2024

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program featured tree of the month for February is a Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) at Burpee Museum of Natural History (737 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103) with a 151” circumference, 73.5’ crown spread, and standing at 56’ tall. Thank you to Rockford Park...

Willowy Wonderland: Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek has 8

Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek has eight different willow species and you should plant some, too! By Alan Branhagen, NLI Executive Director I had my first site visit to Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek on Friday, August 4 (2023). It is a wetland wonderland with...

Lost Flora Fen Approved as Nature Preserve

Natural Land Institute (NLI) is excited to announce that land owned by the 65 year old conservation land trust, Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek in northern Winnebago County, was given final approval by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) at their 246th...

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program: January

Announcing NLI’s Legacy Tree Program Nominate a tree with this fillable FORM. Natural Land Institute (NLI) is pleased to announce the introduction of a new initiative to inspire the northern Illinois region to leave a legacy of trees for the enrichment of people,...

Visiting NLI’s Devil’s Backbone Preserve

Field Notes from Natural Land Institute’s Executive Director, Alan Branhagen, who visited Devil’s Backbone Preserve with other NLI staff on Dec. 19, 2023. I arrived at Devil’s Backbone before 9am and met NLI’s stewardship team: Zach Grycan, Stewardship...

Holiday Gift Ideas: Children’s Nature Themed Books

It’s holiday gift giving season and we have some great nature themed children’s book ideas for you to give to the children in your life, whether their your own, or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or children of your friends. 32% of our local (Rockford)...
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