Conveying his frustrations in the relaying of communication between companies, state government and area residents impacted in last year's natural gas leak, Illinois Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, introduced legislation in an attempt to strengthen transparency in last Friday's press conference…

Turner Drive neighborhood has seen an increase in foxes roaming the area this spring.

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 …

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 Fores…

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 …

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.”

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 a…

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 intervi…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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 mainten…

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.

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 dripp…

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.

Mahomet resident Stewart Pequignot is a firm believer in the power of trees to transform urban spaces. “If you've ever driven through a community that doesn't have a lot of trees, and then you drive through a community that has trees, it's a striking difference,” Pequignot said.

p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } The afternoon of June 6 was clear and windless. That didn’t stop a landmark Bur Oak at the corner of South Deer Run Drive and Spring Creek Drive from crashing to the ground, a victim of undetected root rot and old age.

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is already accepting used Christmas trees.Trees may be dropped off at three forest preserve locations – Lake of the Woods Park in Mahomet, the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve in Penfield or the Homer Lake Forest Preserve – through Jan. 17.