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A quizzical cicada
Read article: Cicada-mania FAQ: Answering your periodical cicada questions for the 2024 dual emergence
Cicada-mania FAQ: Answering your periodical cicada questions for the 2024 dual emergence
Cicada-mania has been building to almost mythical levels in 2024. Nearly every story on my news feed references this historic event about to occur in...
cicada on leaf
Read article: Cicadas are coming!
Cicadas are coming!
With all the media frenzy around this year’s upcoming cicada emergence, what can we really expect?  Let Extension help you separate fact from fiction...
Callery pear: Ornamental favorite or invasive menace? A row of callery pear trees full of white blossoms
Read article: Callery pear: Ornamental favorite or invasive menace?
Callery pear: Ornamental favorite or invasive menace?
Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana), better known as ‘Bradford’ pear, has been blooming across Illinois. Over the years, it has been a popular...
Periodical cicadas in Illinois in 2024. A black cicada with orange wings and red eyes rests on a green leaf
Read article: The cicadas are coming! Periodical cicadas in Illinois in 2024
The cicadas are coming! Periodical cicadas in Illinois in 2024
Can you hear them? Probably not yet, but soon, Illinois will be awash in the songs of periodical cicadas. This year (2024) is a big year for...

News Releases

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Oak Tree Planting Project Set for April 25 at Old Mill Park in Savanna
Carroll County 4-H is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District and Savanna Park District to initiate an oak tree planting project. This project aims to highlight the significance of preserving and promoting oak trees across Illinois...
Teens plant trees together in fairgrounds.
Green Trees Initiative adds 25 new trees to Perry County Fairgrounds
PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. - Illinois once held 14 million acres of trees, but that number has dropped to five million due to modern development practices. Illinois 4-H has partnered with Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout the state to help turn the tide by planting oak trees....
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Future forests rely on stewardship, knowledge of private landowners
FREEPORT, Ill. — A forest is many things. Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife. Their leaves clean the air, and their roots filter water, slow floods, and prevent soil erosion. Timber products are crucial to local economies and tourism. Forests and woodlands also once made up more than a...
Row of blooming Callery pear trees
Six replacement trees for invasive Callery pear
URBANA, Ill. — Now considered an invasive species, Callery pear is a widely used ornamental flowering tree with negative effects on native ecosystems. The tree is still bought, sold, and planted because it has not yet made the...

Videos

Be Safe When Trimming Trees Near Power Lines

Trees and power lines often find themselves mingling together causing safety concerns and requiring a utility’s attention. Oftentimes people aren’t happy about what has to happen next. From funny shaped trees to proper trimming techniques to picking out the right tree to plant around lines, this...

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