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Nov
07

29th Annual Holiday Gift Sale

Are you looking for that unique gift for that special someone?  Then come to our 29th Annual Holiday Gift Sale and shop for that special gift! Over 35 vendors will be at this year’s event with items like crocheted and knitted blankets, hats, and gloves, lots of one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments and decor, hand-crafted items and household decor, Avon, Scentsy, Paparazzi, and so much more! Affordable concession stand available.

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Nov
08

Beekeeping Workshop

This months call is about (Cleaning equipment and assembly of new equipment).

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Bald Hill

BFPD receives $837,600 Grant to Expand Bald Hill Preserve

The Byron Forest Preserve District announced that they have more than doubled the size of their popular Bald Hill Prairie Preserve thanks to an $837,600 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.  The original 160 acre Bald Hill Prairie Preserve located at 5502 North Silver Creek Road in Mt. Morris was acquired in November 2017 with the support of another $434,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to protect the rare gravel hill prairie ecosystem.

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Open New Kayak Launches and Boat Docks on Rock River

Two new kayak launches and boat docks have opened on the Rock River in northern Ogle County. The Byron Forest Preserve District and the Byron Park District have installed new state-of-the-art kayak launches and floating boat docks at their facilities located on the Rock River in Byron and Oregon for kayakers and canoeists to enjoy. The Byron Park District’s recently renovated Kathryn A. Hamas Memorial Park located at 108 E. Diamond Street in Byron contains new walking trails, playground, shelter and fishing piers along with new kayak launch and floating boat docks.

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District’s Plan for Adding Native Beauty to the Main Entrance

The Bradford Pears have recently been removed from along the main drive at the entrance to the Byron Forest Preserve District’s Jarrett Prairie Preserve. They had run their short lifespan. This ornamental tree species has an average lifespan of only 15 to 25 years and the remaining Pears at the Jarrett Preserve entrance were close to 30 years old. Nine trees had come down over the last few years and several more had lost significant limbs the last couple of years. At that age, the top heavy limbs are prone to rot and breaking off of the main trunk. The decision was made it was time to remove the remaining Pear trees.

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