WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Free pine mulch is available, while supplies last, at 13 sites in Winnebago County. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful annually arranges for real Christmas trees to be chipped at sites in Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, Rockford and Pecatonica. The tree drop-off ends January 15. Mulch availability is not guaranteed, and will be gone by March. Bring containers and shovels to retrieve the mulch. Sites are not staffed.
2014 Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Free Mulch Locations:
Cherry Valley: Baumann Park, entrance on South Walnut.
Loves Park: Martin Park, lot on Park Ridge Road off Riverside Boulevard.
Machesney Park: behind Village Hall, 300 Machesney Road.
Rockford: Alpine Park, 900 South Alpine Road; Andrews Park, 800 North Central Ave; Blackhawk Park, 100 – 15th Ave; Don Schmid Youth Sports Center, Riverdahl Park off Sandy Hollow; Gambino Park, 4400 block of Pepper Drive west of North Alpine Road; Levings Lake, entrance off Johnston Avenue.
Rockton: Boat ramp parking lot off Hononegah Road; Williams Tree Farm, 4661 Yale Bridge Road
Roscoe: Valley View Farms, 6440 Belvidere Road.
Pecatonica: Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, near picnic area, 4550 N Pecatonica Rd.
For more information about this and other programs of the environmental non-profit, or to express interest in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org, “like” KeepNorthernIllinoisBeautiful on Facebook, visit www.knib.org, or call 815-637-1343.