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Outdoors Glance: Sept. 20, 2018

September 21, 2018

Hotshots at Wilmington

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, near Wilmington, is the home of the only wildfire hotshot crew in the eastern region of the U.S. Forest Service, and the public can learn all about it at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the North Island Park in Wilmington.

For an hour, Midewin Hotshots will show the tools and equipment they use to fight wildfires and to conduct prescribed burns. They will answer questions such as: Why do we suppress wildfires and conduct controlled burning? What is Smokey Bear’s new motto? What is life like for a hotshot?

Then, at 7 p.m., the Wilmington Public Library will present a free screening of the film “Only The Brave.” The movie will be shown on the big screen under the stars as a shared community experience. Bring your blankets and chairs. The movie is rated PG-13.

Bring cameras for an opportunity to take photos with Smokey Bear and “DASH” the hot-rod, which is the Chicagoland Speedway’s mascot show car.

If there is rain, the event will move to the Island Park District building at 315 N. Water St., downtown Wilmington.

The event is intended for people of all ages and abilities.

Perry Farm play day

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Bourbonnais Township Park District is sponsoring a World Wide Day of Play free event for parents and children at Perry Farm Park on Kennedy Drive at Bradley.

Activities will include a bounce house and face painting. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family hike, campfire

The Bourbonnais Township Park District is sponsoring a family night hike and campfire from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at Willowhaven Park and Nature Center, 1451 N. Kankakee County Road 4000E (Skyline Road), east of Kankakee.

Willowhaven interpreter Judy Corrigan will lead the hike through the park as dusk descends and nocturnal critters begin to stir.

Stay for the campfire with s’mores and trail mix. Program fee is $6. No charge for children 2 and younger.

CWD deer meeting

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting at Goose Lake Prairie State Park in Grundy County at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 to share information on the status of chronic wasting disease in deer around the state and in the area.

DNR wildlife disease specialist Doug Dufford and district wildlife biologist Bob Massey will present information and answer questions about this No. 1 deer management issue in the world.

Goose Lake Prairie is located off Pine Bluff Road seven miles east of Interstate 55. Go north on Jugtown Road to the visitor center.

$3.3 million for state

Illinois is to receive $3.3 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for outdoor recreation and conservation projects, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Tuesday.

The total distribution to the 50 states is $100 million derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenue awarded through federal matching grants through the National Park Service. It is in addition to $61.2 million distributed in June in from the Gulf of Mexico energy Security Act.

The Land and Water Conservation fund, established in 1965, invests earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing to permanently conserve outdoor recreation areas for public use and enjoyment.

The funds enable state and local governments to improve parks and other recreation areas by rehabilitating and upgrading existing parks, creating new parks in places that have none, and developing and expanding trail systems that link communities to each other and to additional outdoor recreation opportunities.

Indiana received $1,959,895; Michigan $2,601,068; Wisconsin $1,800,071; Iowa $1,306,393 and Missouri $1,855,995.

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