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Volunteers to clear brush in Genoa

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:10 p.m. CDT

GENOA – Genoa’s public works department, in conjunction with ENCAP Inc., has organized a volunteer brush clearing day with Northern Illinois University students for a city restoration project on the banks of the Kishwaukee River.

The volunteer group will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Carroll Park, on the southwest corner of Route 72 and Madison Street. The joint effort will assist with management for the large-scale restoration project and will help NIU students, mostly associated with the environmental studies program, gain valuable experience with environmental restoration.

Some volunteers will be clearing the brush and treating stumps with water-safe herbicides while other volunteers will be carrying the cut brush to a burn pile. Clearing the wooded area of these undesirable species opens the canopy and allows native species to become established.

ENCAP Inc. is an environmental restoration firm in DeKalb.

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