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posted Jun 11, 2014, 9:40 AM by Brian Donahoe   [ updated Jun 11, 2014, 9:43 AM ]
We want to extend a huge thank you to our hard working volunteers for their efforts over the past year!  


May 19, 2013

Pulled lots of garlic mustard and some yellow mustard. Cut down and cleared brush. 

Volunteers: Sharon & Craig Anderson, Colleen Liberacki, Rosemary Aitken, Laura & Forest Fay, Steve Pelke, Mary Aspegren & Jim Miksta


June 26, 2013

Removal of dead trees, boxelder and buckthorn. Painted stumps with concentrated glyphosate. We used some of the larger branches to create a ‘bridge’ in an area of the path washed out by the heavy rains. 

Volunteers: Sharon & Colleen, Jim Donndelinger, Joe Markiewicz, Shea, Jason and Andrea Collins


Aug 14

Chainsawed boxelder, cut into pieces, dragged to curb to be chipped. 

Volunteers: Jim Donndelinger, Colleen, Ali, Matt and Cara Liberacki


Sept 17, 2013

Removal of buckthorn, dragged to curb to be chipped. 

Volunteers: Jim Donndelinger, Colleen & Cara Liberacki


Sept 21, 2013

Planted over 950 plugs, collected seed and dragged brush to curb. 

Volunteers: Sharon & Craig Anderson, Colleen and Cara Liberacki, Tom Richter, Rosemary Aitken, Jim Donndelinger, Nick Ceisel, Ed & June Johnson,  Tiffany & Caleb Greene, Carolyn & Amanda Im, Bella Beauchamp and Eric Manfredi.


October 26, 2013

Collected seed of Black and Brown Eyed Susan, Illinois Bundleflower, Blue Vervain, Ironweed, Sneezeweed, Purple Coneflower, Mountain Mint, Liatris, Monarda, Asters, Big Blue Stem, Panicum, Side Oats Grama and Canada Ryegrass. Quite an impressive amount!! 

Volunteers: Sharon & Craig Anderson, Colleen Liberacki, Jim Donndelinger, Tom Richter, Trish Ballard, Anna Lively, Mary Aspegren, Brian & Charlie Nagel, Eric Manfredi, Greg Smith, Michael, and Amanda Gross


Dec 4, 2013

Spread the seed collected from volunteers and purchased from McGinty Bros.

Volunteers: Colleen Liberacki, Ozzie Lara, Sharon & Craig Anderson


May 8, 2014

Transplanted mayapples from sunny area to woodland.

Volunteers: Sharon Anderson, Colleen Liberacki, Ozzie Lara


June 7, 2014

This past Saturday was our most recent effort and we had 16 volunteers come out to help despite the mosquitos! They planted over 600 plugs of native species including Eastern Shooting Star, Jack in the Pulpit, Great White Trillium, Bloodroot, Yellow Giant Hyssop, New England Aster, Tall Coreopsis, Sweet Joe Pye Weed, Sawtooth Sunflower and Wild Senna. The plants were purchased with funds remaining from last year's grant. The hard winter had also left unsightly dead trees and branches that were cut and hauled to be chipped. 

Volunteers: Sharon & Craig Anderson, Colleen Liberacki, Rosemary Aitken, Jim Donndelinger, Tom Richter, Andrea Collins, Rosanne Gross, Julie & Helmut Angerer, Athena, Eric and Evan Butler, Stacey Eifert, Rachel & Elizabeth Geske


Special thanks to Jim Donndelinger who was always there with his chain saw, donating not only his time but also chains and fuel for his saw. Also to Rosemary Aitken for her efforts procuring grant money that made much of this project possible. And to Bill Grinell and his crew for chipping our brush.


If we have missed anyone on this list we are sorry! All of your efforts are greatly appreciated!!


The Countryside Lake Conservation Area Committee

Sharon Anderson, Colleen Liberacki, Rosemary Aitken & Tom Richter