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There’s always something happening at the Macon County Conservation District!  Staff and volunteers work all year round to provide you with educational programs, restore natural areas, and preserve historic sites.  To know what’s going on:

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The Heirloom Vegetable Garden at Homestead Prairie Farm produced 358 pounds of produce this year: all donated to local food charities. A big thank you to all the Master Gardener volunteers who planted and maintained the garden all season. Considering the wet spring, they're pretty pleased with the amount of produce. Thank you, volunteers! @DMPHorticulture ...

The Heirloom Vegetable Garden at Homestead Prairie Farm produced 358 pounds of produce this year: all donated to local food charities.  A big thank you to all the Master Gardener volunteers who planted and maintained the garden all season.  Considering the wet spring, theyre pretty pleased with the amount of produce.  Thank you, volunteers! @DMPHorticulture

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It would be nice to see a log of the work the master gardners do and why they do it. It would be a great way to learn how to garden and contribute to this and other communities!

Wow - What a terrific project!

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Macon County Conservation District

Thank you to ADM Cares Young Professionals for removing 200 yards of fencing in Macon County conservation areas. If you or your group would like to volunteer too, call us at 217-423-7708. More about volunteering: MaconCountyConservation.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunitiesADM Decatur, Illinois, Young Professionals members recently took part in a joint service day with other area business leaders at Macon County Conservation District to remove around 200 yards of iron fencing causing problems with growth in conservation areas. Kudos, team ADM Young Professionals! #ADMCares #TeamADM ...

Thank you to ADM Cares Young Professionals for removing 200 yards of fencing in Macon County conservation areas.  If you or your group would like to volunteer too, call us at 217-423-7708.  More about volunteering: https://MaconCountyConservation.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities
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1880s-Style Harvest Fun Comes to Rock Springs

Mary Morrow was on a roll with pumpkin rolling Sunday afternoon at the Rock Springs Conservation Area’s Fall Harvest Festival.  Competing against several other kids on a downhill slope outside the Nature Center building, Mary stood out before the race got going because she was dressed in period 1880s clothing . . .

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Healthy Burn for Prairie

Prairie used to cover most of Illinois. Fires occurred routinely and naturally, which rejuvenated the prairie grasses and maintained their health, said Richie Wolf, Rock Springs Nature Center manager. The Macon County Conservation District has used prescribed burns since 1978 to restore conservation areas for several reasons . . .

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