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Local Column

Olson: 'Walk for the Trail' on Sunday in DeKalb

I remember how devastated people seemed after the trees along the DeKalb Park District’s Nature Trail were cut down in fall 2012.

If you were one of them, or if you’d just like to help rehabilitate one of the area’s most popular trails, you should sign up online or just come to the DeKalb Rotary Club’s Walk for the Trail at 9 a.m. Sunday.

For a $25 donation, you can walk one of the area’s most popular nature trails and contribute to the effort to reforest the trail with plants that are approved by ComEd and won’t require a future clear-cut.

You can register for the event online at, where the Walk for the Trail is listed under “Special Events” on the Activity Registration screen.

You probably will get a T-shirt and a pleasant morning walk out of the deal, too.

The walk will start at the trail entrance off Sycamore Road, and parking will be available at the Aspen Dental and First National Bank parking lots nearby.

I remember talking to aggravated birdwatchers, joggers and people who strolled the trail regularly who told me they were aghast after the trees were removed in order to keep them from growing into (and potentially downing) the power transmission lines along the trail.

One person told our reporter at the time that it looked “like a bomb went off” along the path.

The trail has yet to fully recover. But there is a list of approved plantings that can help to restore some of the wildlife habitat along the trail.

Our club, along with generous sponsors including Shaw Media, Studio One Salon & Spa, Alfredo’s Iron Works, Creative Therapeutics, Illinois Security Systems and The Law Office of Michael P. Coghlan, is working to raise money to help regrow the habitat around the trail in a way that will remove the need for any future clear-cutting.

Proceeds from the walk will be donated to the park district to buy new plantings for what is one of the area’s most popular and beautiful trails. The weather Sunday should be cool but dry – good weather for a walk.

Please come out and join us.

• Eric Olson is editor of the Daily Chronicle. Reach him at 815-756-4841, ext. 2257, email, or follow him on Twitter @DC_Editor.

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