Another State Champion? June Tree of the Month

“NLI’s Legacy Tree Program has discovered another tree that, pending verification, will become state champion. It’s a Northern Red Oak growing on private property near Roscoe and is the featured Tree of the Month for June”, said Alan Branhagen, Executive Director,...

Creating a Wildlife Sanctuary in an Urban Neighborhood

By Kim Johnsen, Director of Marketing & Membership, NLI Rick Barton, member of NLI’s Community Outreach & Engagement Committee, did a Conservation@Home site visit recently to Eric Ellison’s home in Rockford and found that Eric easily met the requirements to...

Kinsey’s Birthday Flowers – Giving Children a Conservation Gift

A Conservation@Home Story By Mark Luthin, NLI Vice President and Trustee Kinsey Reisetter absolutely had to show me her birthday flowers that she helped plant at their house. Of course, I had to help her off of her backyard swing first. Once she showed me her birthday...

May Tree of the Month: NLI’s Legacy Tree Program

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program announces the May Tree of the Month is Illinois’ Largest Tree: The Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) of Bald Hill Prairie Preserve, 5502 N. Silver Creek Rd., Mt. Morris, Ill. Bald Hill, one of the few places of such exemplary topographical...

April Tree of the Month 2024

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program announces the April Tree of the Month is the Bebb Willow (Salix bebbiana), Height: 27 feet 3-inches, Crown Spread: 20 feet 9.5 inches, Circumference: 32-inches. This legacy tree may not be large, but it sure is for its kind! Bebb Willow is a...

Going a Little Overboard

A Conservation@Home Story By Mark Luthin, NLI Trustee and Vice President It was a cold, damp April day with rain showers and snow in the forecast. As Catie Vernon started showing off her native plant beds, her enthusiasm helped warm things up. Having just bought their...
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