The Boone County Conservation District (BCCD) is all about preserving the natural, protected areas of Boone County, such as Long Prairie Trail.

“Comcast Cares is sponsoring the Long Prairie Trail cleanup on April 22,” BCCD Executive Director Dan Kane said. “Participants who register in advance will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.”

Organizations that help cleanup Boone County’s preservation areas would help the BCCD earn extra rewards.

“Every volunteer who participates in the Long Prairie Trail cleanup will count in the new legislation for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources,” Kane said.

“This will establish a grant program for 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations called the Stewardship Act.With this act, each organization can be eligible for grants up to 150,000 to do stewardship work, habitat restoration, and the like. We need pollinator habitats and we need to maintain them.”

A good way for organizations to start is by helping in the April 22 Long Prairie Trail cleanup.

Long Prairie Trail bike and walking path stretches over 14 miles along the Kenosha Division Line railroad bed. The eastern border of the trail begins near Capron on County Line Road and ends at the Winnebago County line where it meets the Stone Bridge Trail.

The trail passes through woodlands, native prairie areas, cultivated fields, and the towns of Capron, Poplar Grove, and Caledonia. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the trail for the season.

The cleanup starts at 8 a.m. in Poplar Grove at the Village Hall for volunteer sign-in, doughnuts, coffee, and a short program. Volunteers will then drive to different areas of the trail, or begin from the sign-in point, and walk along the trail picking up and bagging litter.

Scouts, students, area business employees, service organizations, the public, and anyone who uses the trail are invited to help. This is a wonderful opportunity for scouts to do projects and earn badges, for students to do community service work, for service organizations to help out their communities, and for everyone to help beautify the trail.

Plus, every volunteer who is registered will add to the Boone County Conservation District’s chances of getting a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

For further information about this event, contact Special Events Manager Pam Stock at (815) 547-7935 or email her at

Additional information about the Boone County Conservation District can be found online at:

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