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Second Annual Bald Hill Big Tree Event May 11

The Byron Forest Preserve District will have its Second Annual Bald Hill Big Tree Event on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve located at 5502 North River Road, Mt. Morris.

This free family event will feature hay wagon tours of the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve, geology programs, Illinois Big Tree Champion tours, Bald Hill history, tours of the recently restored oak savannas, and grassland birding opportunities.

Special Bald Hill Prairie Preserve t-shirts with “I saw the biggest tree in Illinois” will also be for sale.

“Since its opening in April 2018, the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve has become one of the most popular sites in the Byron Forest Preserve District with people visiting the site daily to see the biggest tree in Illinois, a huge Eastern Cottonwood tree that is 28.5 feet in circumference and 122 feet tall,” said Mark Herman, superintendent of education for the forest preserve. “The hilly 160 acre preserve has also been a popular site for walking, running, bird watching and geology programs.

“The views of Leaf River, Mt. Morris and Byron from the top of Bald Hill are spectacular,” Herman said.

Acquisition of the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve was made possible thanks to help from the Natural Land Institute and a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

For more information about the Bald Hill event call the Byron Forest Preserve District at 815-234-8535 extension 200 or visit www.byronforestpreserve.com.