Environment

"Green" solution for brown trees

If your Christmas tree is dropping brown needles on the carpet, now might be a good time to make it “green” again by donating it for resuse.

As in past years, Champaign County Forest Preserve District is accepting used Christmas trees for recycling.


Storm sparks special brush collection

The Village of Mahomet is scheduling a special brush collection to deal with the aftermath of the severe thunderstorms on June 25.

Streets and Maintenance Superintendent Eric Crowley, whose staff was busy cleaning up felled trees and other damage on Wednesday, said that the special collection will start the week of July 8.


Winter Walk at River Bend Forest Preserve

A winter walk through River Bend Forest Preserve in Mahomet on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.


Central Illinois Daily Life Jan. 14-20, 2013

Photos from Central Illinois the week of January 14-20, 2013.


Recycle your Christmas tree

If the needles on your Christmas tree are beginning to turn brown and litter the carpet, don’t worry—it can still find a useful home at one of the county’s forest preserves.


Ready for takeoff

It's just past 9 a.m. on a morning so hot that the sky feels like a hand pressing down. It's already the kind of day on which Mother Nature seems to sink into a lazy stupor.


Caring for Mahomet's trees

Though not officially designated yet as a Tree City USA, Mahomet is certainly a tree-filled community.

Therefore a recently appointed Tree Commission has been taking steps to gain Mahomet that special designation, as well as update the current ordinance and polices pertaining to tree maintenance, selection, and removal in the community.


Earth Day event planned at Lake of the Woods

Have you ever wondered how much impact your daily life has on the environment?

Local residents will get a chance to answer that question at the first-ever “Earth Day Every Day” event at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve next weekend.


Time for maple syrup

On a day that seems more like the first blush of spring than winter, Roy Van Arsdall drills a 7/16ths-inch hole slantways in a sugar maple and fits a metal spout into the tree trunk. An empty milk jug with a hole cut in it fits neatly over the spout, and within seconds sap can be heard dripping against the plastic.

“It's running,” he says with a smile.


Time to undeck the halls

Now that the holidays are over and folks are un-decking the halls, the Champaign County Forest Preserves are again accepting used Christmas trees as part of their treecycle program, which will be used to benefit natural resources throughout preserve locations.


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