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Spring 2024 Update: Nicor Gas Grant for Weld Park

ONAA is putting $5000 of funds to work received from the Nicor Gas environmental stewardship grant at Weld Memorial Park in Ogle County

On March 14th, we planted 14 pounds of native open woodland species to the new no-mow areas of Weld Park.  We re-introduced 65 species to increase bio-diversity.   May 18th was a Volunteer day at Weld Park. Our volunteers planted 300 White Oak and Shagbark Hickory's in the open savanna woodland and the forested areas.  Along with the seed and tree plantings, volunteers conducted trail maintenance, removed non-native trees along the Black Walnut Creek and conducted general park clean-up.  The seed mix and tree saplings were purchased by funds from the Nicor Gas Environmental Stewardship grant awarded to ONAA in late 2023.


Tree Planting

White Oaks and Shagbark Hickory



May 18th Volunteer Day

Native Planting

65 re-introduced species!


Less Mowing

2 acres converted to a no-mow native open woodland savanna

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ONAA aquires 14 acres along the Rock River!

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Ogle Natural Areas Alliance Expands Conservation Efforts with Acquisition of 14-Acre Parcel Along Rock River in Byron

Byron, 12/14/2023 

The Ogle Natural Areas Alliance (ONAA) is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of a 14-acre parcel along the picturesque Rock River, marking a significant milestone in the organization's ongoing commitment to environmental conservation and public land preservation. This acquisition was made possible through the support of an 80% grant, demonstrating the collaborative efforts to protect and enhance our region's natural resources. The recently acquired parcel serves as a vital link, connecting two existing public land parcels owned by the Byron Park District (Johnson Riverfront Park) and Byron Forest Preserve District (Mill Creek Wetland Preserve). This strategic addition not only expands the footprint of protected natural areas but also fosters the creation of a contiguous and accessible space for the public to enjoy. This includes up to 3 miles of hiking trails and nearly 1 mile of Rock River front protection. "The Ogle Natural Areas Alliance is thrilled to announce the successful acquisition of this 14-acre parcel along the Rock River," said Trevor Hogan, President at ONAA. "This accomplishment underscores our dedication to preserving the beauty and biodiversity of our natural landscapes while providing the community with expanded opportunities for recreation and environmental education."

The grant funding, which covered 80% of the acquisition cost, was secured through a collaborative effort between ONAA and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. This partnership exemplifies the importance of public and private entities working together to achieve shared environmental goals and ensure the longevity of our natural heritage. The newly acquired parcel will contribute to the overall health and resilience of the local ecosystem, providing habitats for native flora and fauna, and supporting the broader goals of sustainable land management. Additionally, the connectivity it establishes between existing public land parcels will create a seamless and inviting environment for residents and visitors alike.

As we celebrate this achievement, the Ogle Natural Areas Alliance extends its gratitude to all partners, stakeholders, and community members who have contributed to the success of this project. This collaboration exemplifies the power of collective action in safeguarding our natural treasures for generations to come.

Spring 2023 Weld Park Volunteer Day!

April 28th, 2023

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2022 Kickoff Social!

August 12th, 2022

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