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Celebrating Our Trees

The annual Chicago Region Trees Initiative partner recognition celebration will have two events this year—a virtual panel on Invasive Species Eradication Innovations and Urban Forestry Awards Ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 1 ( ISA CEUs are pending)—and a stewardship festival - Invasion of the Nature Snatchers!- in Willow Springs, from noon to 3 p.m., December 11 ( Speakers and topics include:
What’s Going on with Invasive Species in the Chicago Region? Dr. Chai-Shian Kua, The Morton Arboretum.
Inspiring Awareness of a Popular Invasive Tree - Missouri’s Callery Pear Buy Back Program Carol Davit, Director, Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) and chair of the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP).
Healthy Homes and Sustainable Yards - Replacing Invasives in Residential Landscapes Sarah Michehl, Community Engagement Specialist, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County.
Designing with the Miyawaki Method - Keep Invasives Out and Grow a Healthy Ecosystem Ethan Bryson, founder, Natural Urban Forests.
Drop in to our fun and interactive invasive species stewardship festival! Bring your family, staff, garden club, HOA, local green drinks chapter, and anyone else you can think of! We will have demonstrations on desirable plant replacements, strategies for invasives removal, inspiration on how to engage your constituents and neighbors, furniture made from buckthorn, and other fun demonstrations. Take a hike, roast some s’mores, and enjoy being outside!
Both events are free with registration. Location: Pioneer Woods Picnic Grove, 10218 W. 107th, Willow Springs.