Land Use Council 7 Envirothon
On April 2, 2014, LUC7 held their annual Envirothon at the Coles County Fairgrounds in Charleston, IL. The Envirothon is a friendly competition for high school students to test their knowledge in the five science and enviromental categories of: Soils, Wildlife, Aquatics, Forestry and a Current Issue. This year the current issue was about sustainable local agriculture. Twenty-nine teams from our 6 county region (Champaign, Clark, Coles, Douglas, Edgar & Vermilion) were signed up for the event. The winning LUC team and the winning FFA team both advance to the state competition help the end of April at the 4-H camp at Allerton Park, Monticello.
Spring Tree Sale Pickup is just around the corner.
For our customers who pre-ordered trees, please come to Kesler Hall at the Champaign County Fairgrounds, this Friday, April 11th from 7-4pm or Saturday, April 12th from 1-3pm. Pheasants Forever will also be there to provide people with seed for wildlife plantings, so stop by and see us.
Saturday, April 12th is the Boneyard Cleanup. This year, we are working together to clean up the litter and trash in a field on North Prospect in Champaign. Plastic bags in a field cause a lot of problems for a farmer; they plug machinery, damage equipment and slow production. Please help us take care of our environment and help the farmers who are feeding the world.
Cover Crop Incentives
The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has partnered with American Farm Land Trust (AFT) to secure funding for the planting of Cover Crops. The funding will cover application costs for most fields. The funding is designed to help operators and land owners in the Salt Fork River Watershed gain experience using cover crops in their operations. Sign-up is simple and payment turnaround is quick. We need to know the location of the field and must have a copy of the bills. Fields outsdie the Salt Fork Watershed may be eligible for cost-share. Please check with us
for more details.
St. Joseph Wetland Restoration and Education Project Update:
The CCSWCD is working to complete the educational center at our St. Joseph Wetland site. Construction began this spring, and the 90' long concrete entrance of Illinois Route 150 is complete. Donations are being accepted from those who want to be part of this exciting opportunity for environmental education and enjoyment. The education center will include a permeable pavement for parking, bio-retention basins and raingardens, educational signage around a viewing area and seating benches built by high school students at St. Joseph-Ogden. The site has already been used by many groups and individuals, and the local Boy Scout troop, along with others, will be part of completing the center. Please help us bring this premier outdoor classroom to life so all can learn about the flora and fauna of a wetland. To learn more, please check out our history and plans for education at the St. Joseph Wetland Restoration and Education Site.