Environment

USRC to host river showcase

Next Saturday, the Upper Sangamon River Conservancy will host a crash-course on their namesake waterway.

Their first-annual USRC Showcase will highlight the organization’s conservation and recreation efforts on the Sangamon, including river clean-ups, mussel surveys, restoration of the Hazen Bridge and more.


CCFPD rooting out invasive plants

Local residents might’ve noticed that Stidham Woods—a forested recreation area located between Lake of the Woods Road and Prairieview Road—looks a little thinner this month.

It’s the result of a plan to root out some invasive plant species that have taken over the area, Champaign County Forest Preserve Director of Natural Resources Mike Daab said.


Drop-off to open Aug. 15

A date has been set for the opening of Mahomet's new drop-off site for yard waste.

It'll be open to Village of Mahomet residents only on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon at the public works facility on Lake of the Woods Road. Residents dropping off brush and limbs will be asked to show a photo ID that includes their address.


'Lincoln Tree' sapling puts down roots

For hundreds of years, a huge burr oak stood on what is now the east side of Mahomet, near the site of the historic Nine Gal Tavern.

“It was huge,” Jane Stubblefield, who owns the adjacent property with her husband Dennis. “Everybody called it the Lincoln Tree.”


Recycle trees at Lake of the Woods

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District will again accept used Christmas trees to be recycled after the holiday season.

Trees may be dropped off at three forest preserve locations in the county through January 18.

Forest preserve staff use the trees to create habitats for fish in lakes around Champaign County. They’re also mulched for landscaping use.


Local farmstead on solar tour

This weekend, visitors to the Illinois Solar Tour—an annual event highlighting homes and businesses that utilize solar energy—will have the opportunity to check out the Geil farm in rural Mahomet. In 2014, Phil Geil talked to the Citizen about his sustainable energy efforts. Read his interview—and get some info about the 2016 tour—below.


"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.


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