Whiteside County Soil and Water
Conservation District
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Current News

Tree Deliveries:

We are receiving bare root tree deliveries this week (week of 4-21-14) as well as fruit trees. We will sort the trees and let you know by phone when your order is ready for pick up. We thank everyone that participated in the Spring Tree Sale and hope to hear from you again in the fall.

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 mid 2014.
     Since The Andresen Nature Center 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.
     Should you have any questions or like to make a donation, please contact Kyle Kopf, Executive Director at 815 499 5869.

     Please check out the following link of the City of Fulton's Summer Events Schedule, there are programs being held at The Nature Center to the public free of charge. There are many other various events throughout the community listed as well.

Thank you.

Fulton IL Summer Events

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 Illinois Concealed Carry
  Training Course

The Education Foundation of The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District held an Illinois Concealed Carry Firearm License Training Course as a fund raiser over the weekend of March 22 & 23, 2014. Upon successful completion of the two-day class, attendees received certificates to attach to their Illinois Concealed Carry License applications. The feedback from the course thus far has been great. The attendees were pleased with everything. Thank you to everyone that signed up. And a big thank you to the instructors for all their time and effort to make this event possible. The monies raised will support the Education Foundation of the Whiteside County SWCD. Thanks again.
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    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.

Click this link to see the Annual Meeting Agenda, meeting minutes will be posted soon.

2014 Annual Meeting Agenda
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Time is Almost Here, order your Apple Trees Now

$15/tree

We are offering Gold Rush and Enterprise Apple Trees again this Spring.  These Apple Trees come from Stark Bro's and are high quality nursery trees.  Caliper - 7/8" Approx. Height - 5-7'

These trees should be used for conservation purposes for wildlife and insect pollination.  They should not be planted on CRP acres.

Contact our office today to get in your order.
We appreciate the orders so that we are able to secure the best trees available.

Thank you!
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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:
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/cu130430.html
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/CanadaThistle2007.pdf
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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.
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