MNCFN Townline Estates goes Natural with a Brand New Bienenstock Natural Playground!

HAMILTON, Ontario – July 17, 2017 – PRLog — Newly developed Townline Estates provides a positive environment for children that enhance his or her level of development – and they just enhanced their play space with a brand new Bienenstock Natural Playground! A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark this milestone event takes place on Saturday, July 29th starting at 12:00 pm.

MNCFN Townline Estates natural playground consists of a variety of authentic, all natural components, handcrafted in Canada. It’s sure to bring an exciting new level of outdoor learning and play to their environment.

“Learning and development are so much more than just sitting in a classroom,” says Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds Founder and CEO Adam Bienenstock. “Our Bienenstock natural playgrounds provide children the opportunity to learn where they play and enhance the development of all skill types – gross motor, fine motor, and cognitive. We’re thrilled to bring this new form of play and learning to MNCFN Townline Estates”

The Ontario based design team at Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds created a custom plan for Townline Estates that includes an 18 piece Log Cluster, Hill Slide, Sideways Tree, Full Log Park Bench, Upside-down Tree, Oak-slab Picnic Table and much more.

Townline Estates joins a long list of progressive schools and childcare centers offering the enriched experience of a Bienenstock Natural Playground. For more information visit www.naturalplaygrounds.ca

About Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds

Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds creates play spaces that connect kids to nature and inspire optimal child development for as many communities as possible. Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds’ components are handcrafted in Canada by master craftspeople using locally sourced, all-natural materials. Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds can be found throughout Canada and the world. www.naturalplaygrounds.ca

About MNCFN Townline Estates

The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation is a thriving and vibrant community, bursting with people reaching for their roots as well as the future as they prepare to teach the next 7 generations its history and culture. This community has survived many hundred years of change; we fought through near extinction, battled in many wars, suffered a complete loss of culture, undertook a new way of life, faced the trials and tribulations that have come with facing our Canadian government and those now occupying our traditional territory, however despite every inch of transformation the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation has endured, they continued to adapt and grow into the resilient First Nation community that stands today. www.mncfn.ca

Supporting Sustainability with $45,000 in NW Natural Donations to Environmental Services

PORTLAND, Ore. — From the forests to the sea, NW Natural is celebrating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with eight grants totaling $45,000.

“We’re proud to call the Pacific Northwest our home,” says Von Summers, NW Natural’s community relations manager. “Which is why we feel so strongly about supporting the many organizations that care for our local habitats and recreation areas.”

These grants represent just one area of focus for NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund. Each year, the company gives nearly $1 million to local nonprofits, made possible by NW Natural shareholders. The grants are awarded to organizations that support the environment, arts, and with a special focus on children and families at risk.

This year’s grant recipients focus their efforts on both urban and natural environments. NW Natural’s 2018 environmental grant recipients include:

Forest Park Conservancy: $7,500
The mission of the Forest Park Conservancy is to protect and foster the ecological health of Forest Park, maintain and enhance the park’s extensive trails network, and inspire community appreciation and future stewardship of this iconic urban forest as a gift for generations.

Friends of Trees: $7,500
With a mission to bring people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces in Pacific Northwest communities, Friends of Trees has planted nearly half a million trees and native plants since 1989.

Columbia Springs: $5,000
Columbia Springs, an urban natural area in Vancouver, Washington offers a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship.

The Freshwater Trust: $5,000
The Freshwater Trust builds and implements the tools and methods that can accelerate results for freshwater ecosystems.

The Nature Conservancy: $5,000
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, including approximately 30 project sites in Oregon.

Northwest Earth Institute: $5,000
Northwest Earth Institute was founded in 1993 with a simple objective: to give people a framework to talk about their relationship with the planet and to share in discovering new ways to live, work, create and consume.

Oregon Coast Aquarium: $5,000
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is located in Newport, on the beautiful Oregon Coast. The mission is to create unique and engaging experiences that connect visitors to the Oregon coast and inspire ocean conservation.

Portland Parks Foundation: $5,000
The Portland Parks Foundation mobilizes financial and popular support to ensure a thriving and accessible parks system for a healthy Portland.

Find more information about NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund, as well as the company’s signature philanthropic effort, Programs of Focus, at: https://www.nwnatural.com/AboutNWNatural/Community/CorporateContributions

About NW Natural

NW Natural serves approximately two million people in more than 140 communities through 740,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It has one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. NW Natural consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. A 159-year-old regulated utility, NW Natural is expanding its storage in Oregon to support renewables. More information is at nwnatural.com.

IL Governor Announces Expansion of Starved Rock, Matthiessen State Parks

Governor Announces Expansion of Starved Rock, Matthiessen State Parks

State acquires 2,629 acres of open space from Lone Star Industries

OGLESBY — Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced the state has acquired 2,629 acres of property in LaSalle County to protect natural resources and expand recreation opportunities, tourism and economic development near Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks.

“More than 3 million people visit Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks each year. They are among the most beautiful destinations in our state,” Rauner said. “This expansion increases the amount of open space that will be managed and protected there by more than 50 percent and gives people even more reasons to enjoy the outdoors in LaSalle County.”

The state acquired the land from Lone Star Industries Inc., which, along with its predecessor companies, has owned much of the property since the early 1900s.  The land originally was mined for coal. It also has been mined for limestone and used as a site for cement manufacturing.

Thanks to mined land reclamation, existing forested areas, lakes, and a stretch of the scenic Vermilion River, the site is ideally suited for development of outdoor recreational uses.

“The decision to sell this land to preserve open space represents Buzzi Unicem USA’s effort to be a good corporate citizen and an environmentally responsible neighbor,” said Daniel B. Nugent, senior vice president of Technical Services and Governmental Affairs for Lone Star Industries, doing business as Buzzi Unicem USA. “Sustainable development is a core value of our business model. We strive to do business in a way that can meet the needs of present generations without jeopardizing the ability to satisfy the needs of future generations.”

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will manage the property as part of the Starved Rock/Matthiessen state park complex. Planning is underway to restore forest, prairie and wildlife habitat, develop trails, a campground, picnic areas, and boat, canoe and kayak access, as well as foster horseback riding, cross country skiing, fishing and hunting opportunities.

“I want to thank Gov. Rauner for his vision in supporting this expansion of our busiest state park complex — and thank Lone Star Industries for working with the state to make this property available for the use and enjoyment of area residents and visitors from throughout the state, the nation, and around the world,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “Opportunities like this don’t come around very often, and we’re delighted to add this parcel to Starved Rock and Matthiessen for the enjoyment of visitors for generations to come.”

The IDNR purchased the property for $11,050,000 through the state’s Open Land Trust, established to acquire property for conservation and recreation purposes.

“Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks are gems for the Illinois Valley and the state,” said State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris. “The beauty of these parks is unmatched in Illinois, and this new land acquisition will only add to the pleasurable experience for visitors. This is great news for the area and will provide an additional boost to economic development and tourism as people will want to explore these areas, watch the wildlife, and see more of Illinois in an exciting new way. The expansion will add to the already rich natural resources portfolio of the region, especially when we market Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks beyond our borders.”

(The property acquired by the state from Lone Star Industries is not open to the public at this time)

Hunters in Illinois Harvested 58,836 Deer During First Weekend of Firearm Season

Hunters in Illinois Harvested 58,836 Deer During First Weekend of Firearm Season

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 58,836 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 16-18.  Hunters took 51,450 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2017.

Illinois’ seven-day Firearm Deer Season will conclude Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include:

• Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 7-9;
• Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons (in select counties only) on Dec. 27-30, 2018 and Jan. 18-20, 2019;
• Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 20, 2019 (archery deer hunting is closed Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in counties open for Firearm Deer Season)

For more details on deer hunting, open counties, and other information, check the IDNR website at  https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx

A table of preliminary Illinois firearm deer harvest totals by county for the first weekend of the 2018 season, and comparable totals for 2017, is below.

County 2017 2018
ADAMS 1413 1647
ALEXANDER 291 353
BOND 444 583
BOONE 85 110
BROWN 664 757
BUREAU 634 749
CALHOUN 505 618
CARROLL 427 511
CASS 430 489
CHAMPAIGN 132 152
CHRISTIAN 360 475
CLARK 775 873
CLAY 763 932
CLINTON 496 591
COLES 382 492
CRAWFORD 676 834
CUMBERLAND 480 563
DEKALB 67 87
DEWITT 180 244
DOUGLAS 96 115
EDGAR 365 413
EDWARDS 273 290
EFFINGHAM 580 773
FAYETTE 1014 1193
FORD 64 75
FRANKLIN 856 961
FULTON 1269 1329
GALLATIN 284 286
GREENE 641 700
GRUNDY 156 187
HAMILTON 783 836
HANCOCK 1083 1132
HARDIN 648 690
HENDERSON 319 315
HENRY 356 346
IROQUOIS 301 342
JACKSON 1489 1717
JASPER 664 778
JEFFERSON 1329 1334
JERSEY 411 474
JODAVIESS 1145 1312
JOHNSON 1097 1205
KANE 20 19
KANKAKEE 114 144
KENDALL 50 60
KNOX 701 862
LAKE 1 0
LASALLE 422 555
LAWRENCE 395 468
LEE 329 380
LIVINGSTON 240 325
LOGAN 206 281
MACON 151 152
MACOUPIN 948 1300
MADISON 493 618
MARION 1085 1234
MARSHALL 424 460
MASON 232 309
MASSAC 283 286
MCDONOUGH 526 607
MCHENRY 146 199
MCLEAN 327 405
MENARD 226 269
MERCER 518 618
MONROE 662 828
MONTGOMERY 509 613
MORGAN 452 518
MOULTRIE 138 179
OGLE 441 569
PEORIA 527 589
PERRY 816 1000
PIATT 70 85
PIKE 1189 1361
POPE 1092 1176
PULASKI 222 207
PUTNAM 232 254
RANDOLPH 1606 1637
RICHLAND 481 525
ROCKISLAND 456 560
SALINE 623 666
SANGAMON 391 419
SCHUYLER 873 1005
SCOTT 196 214
SHELBY 734 837
STARK 135 132
STCLAIR 477 552
STEPHENSON 416 459
TAZEWELL 332 352
UNION 977 981
VERMILION 329 335
WABASH 123 149
WARREN 329 347
WASHINGTON 695 737
WAYNE 980 1022
WHITE 499 527
WHITESIDE 398 466
WILL 145 209
WILLIAMSON 1052 1256
WINNEBAGO 185 267
WOODFORD 404 389
Total 51450 58836