Community members voice concerns over tree clearing at Franklin Creek State Natural Area

Habitat projects meant to help restore oak-hickory forest

Dixon and other horse riders will miss the cooling canopy and aesthetics of the trees if the clearing continues to take place at the park.

This is one of the most diverse woodlands in Lee County; the diversity of trees makes it beautiful.”

—  Marge Dixon, horse rider and parkgoer for 35 years
Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.

Earleen Hinton

Earleen oversees production and content of 8 community weeklies and has worked for Shaw Newspapers since 1985.