July Tree of the Month: White Oak

July Tree of the Month: White Oak

Natural Land Institute (NLI) is pleased to announce the July Tree of the Month is located at Whiteside County Fairgrounds, which contains a natural landmark: an ancient White Oak (Quercus alba) that has graced the land for more than three centuries. The tree is 90 feet tall, has an average crown spread of 103 feet and a trunk circumference of almost 170 inches.

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With A Little Help From “The Boys”

With A Little Help From “The Boys”

A Conservation@Home Story. Letting nature take care of itself is often the prevailing attitude of many landowners. Andrew and Renee Mealey of rural Roscoe shared that philosophy for quite a while. Then, according to Renee, they realized that they wanted to “leave their land better off than they received it.”

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One Chunk At A Time

One Chunk At A Time

A Conservation@Home Story. As Greg and Jamie Zimmerman are quickly learning, naturalizing their yard takes a lot of time and effort. For the past 7 years, Greg and Jamie have worked on their 5 acre tract of land in Roscoe, seeding and planting plugs of native plants and working on eradicating invasive species.

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Another State Champion? June Tree of the Month

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”

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April Tree of the Month 2024

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.

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Going a Little Overboard

Going a Little Overboard

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.

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