Menard County Soil & Water Conservation District shares photos of George Staab, board chair, Bruce Davis, and other members of the local SWCD from recent community engagement events.

Staab was a leader for the 4-H Fishing Funshop and got to jump in the photos with the day’s big catches along with Bruce Davis.

Menard SWCD also took part in the AISWCD Forestry Committee’s project to plant oak savannas across the state.

Greenview (Illinois) School planted 25 oak trees on April 4. They had 16 youth members of the Greenview Boosters 4-H Club and 11 adults participate in the planting. Guy Sternberg from Starhill Forest Arboretum showed how to plant trees. University of Illinois – Menard County Extension and other community members helped, with David Dowell pre-drilling starter holes, Knob Hill Landscape Company donated mulch, and Prairie Materials provided additional support.

Greenview Boosters 4-H Club with Leaders Maralee Willis and Natasha Bacon.

Athens (Illinois) High School also planted an oak savanna with help from 4-H Green Communities Tree Program on April 7 and 11. Helping were the Greenview Boosters 4-H Club, Athens FFA, Athens High School biology and advanced biology classrooms, Menard County Soil & Water Conservation District, Athens High School, University of Illinois Menard County Extension, Starhill Forest Arboretum and Treetop Productions.

Greenview Boosters 4-H Club after the first tree was planted.

Photos and reporting by Stacie Skelton, Menard County 4-H Program Coordinator and Dan Williams; with support from Curt Sinclair, Illinois Extension 4-H Natural Resources and Shooting Sports Specialist.

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