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Illinois Concealed Carry
The Education Foundation of The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District will be hosting a fundraiser by holding an Illinois Concealed Carry Firearm License Training Course. Upon successful completion of the two-day class, attendees will receive certificates to attach to their Illinois Concealed Carry License applications. The course will be held March 22nd & 23rd, 2014. There are spaces still available for the event. In order to reserve your space stop by or contact the office at 815-772-2124 ext 3. Registration fee is required at time of sign up. This course is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled. The cost is $250 per person with and option to obtain a Utah permit for an additional $50 per person, for a total of $300 per person. The location of the event for day one will at the shop of Paul Young, 7395 Albany Road, Erie IL at 8:00AM. Day two will be held at Hilltop Meadows Hunt Club at 7737 Long Road, Fulton IL at 8:00AM. For further details feel free to contact us by phone or stop by the office. There are a few spaces available but we need to turn in a final head count by end of business Wednesday 2-26-14. Call to get your space reserved. Thank you.
The gator sale has ended. The bids will be opened Wednesday March 5, 2014. People will be notified either Wednesday or Thursday. Thank you to everyone that is interested and put bids in!!!
SWCD Annual Meeting
The SWCD Annual Meeting was held Saturday January 25, 2014 at the Super Wash Training Facility, Morrison IL. Entertainment this year was The Blind Squirrel of The Plank Road Folk Music Society. This year's annual dinner meeting included the election of directors, awards and a live auction. There was also a raffle and a live auction of pies after dinner. The following people were unanimously voted in as SWCD directors for a two year term: Dave Cook, Vern Latwesen and Paul Young. All monies raised will be used to benefit the Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District Education Foundation. Photos of the nights event are below. Page #1 - Brigitte Young accepted Kathy Young's Educator of the Year Award, Dan Exner - Auctioneer, Springbrook Catering, Safety Combo Packs, Chicago Bear's Stool, Sun's Up Time to Fish print, Paul Young - Conservationist of the Year and New Holland Throw. Page #2 - Chainsaw for auction, Raffle items table, Delicious Pies and The Blind Squirrel. Thank you to everyone that made this event a success.
Andresen Nature Center
The city of Fulton IL has recently received a donation of a home and acreage from the Andresen Family. The home and acreage are being transformed into a Nature Center. The Nature Center is located adjacent to Heritage Canyon in Fulton and will be used for environmental and nature related educational purposes. The Center is targeted to be open to the public in early 2014.
Since The Andresen Nature Center in Fulton is new it is in need of some gently used desks, folding chairs and tables. Book shelves could also be used as a reference library that is being developed along with electronic media. Financial donations will also be accepted instead of the actual furniture.
Should you have any of the above items please contact Kyle Kopf, Executive Director at 815 499 5869. Thank you.
Learn more about Thistle Management.
Click here to read the article written by one of our Board Members, Dave Feltes.
Helpful links regarding Thistle Management:
2013 - 4th Grade Conservation Field Day
was held Thursday, September 26th 2013 at
Palisades State Park
The Conservation Day was a huge success. A very well deserved Thank You goes out to all that participated in any way. Everyone is looking forward to a great presentation again in 2014.