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Native plantings at Lincoln Trail Homestead SP — Help is Needed!!

Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial 39.805351, -89.104150, Decatur

Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial will be closing its gate on November 1st.  Our greatest wish is that you have enjoyed the park this season and have many happy memories spent there.  The park offered a very nice alternative for handling Covid-19.  Many improvements were made to improve the park however we have one more project that must be completed before the park closes for the winter. Money from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation's Stewardship Challenge Grant allowed us to purchase 100 native plants to be planted throughout the park.  Unfortunately the nursery just delivered the plants at this late date.  Due to the lateness of the delivered plants as well as inclement weather, we must work very quickly, before November 1st, to get them planted.  This Saturday, October 31st at 9:00 AM, we are meeting at the park to plant these 100 native plants. We really need as many volunteers that can to come to the park and help.  If we have plenty of help this project can be quickly accomplished.  Please, if you have time, any amount will be appreciated, please consider helping us out.  Please contact Melody Arnold at letting her you can help. Gratefully, Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial

Tree Plantings at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial

Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial 39.805351, -89.104150, Decatur

‘Parkway” tree planting this Friday, October 9th, starting at 9:00 AM. Planting in the park will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 10th Saturday, October 3, was the beginning of a very busy week at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial.  A dedicated group worked Saturday morning removing more bush honeysuckle throughout the park.  It was the last Restoration Day of a very successful season of eliminating this invasive plant. This coming Thursday, October 8, 68 trees will be delivered to the park. 20 of the trees will be planted in “islands” along the Lincoln Memorial Parkway.  If you recall, two years ago, with the assistance of the Macon County Highway Department, trees were planted along the Parkway.  Some of the trees did not survive due to weather and we are going to replace them.  Cages have been made to place around all live trees and the Macon County Highway Department is assisting us again by digging the holes for the trees and delivering mulch to be used at the “islands”. We are asking for your help.  If you can give any amount of time to help, we would greatly appreciate your assistance.  Our plan is to get all the ‘Parkway” trees planted this Friday, October 9th, starting at 9:00 AM.  On Saturday, October 10th, we will begin at 9:00 AM planting trees in the park.  Please meet at the RailSplitter Pavilion to collect your trees to plant.  If you can help us on either Friday or Saturday, please contact Melody Arnold at so we can finalize our plans for the plantings. We hope you are taking time to visit the park.  The leaves are turning and  the park is beautiful.  You will be able to see all the improvements that have taken place this season.  Remember that the park does close November 1st.  We appreciate your consideration to help us this week.  A big job will be made easier with many hands.  We do ask that you wear a mask as we want all to be safe.

Restoration Work Day – Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park

Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial 39.805351, -89.104150, Decatur

We'll be removing bush honeysuckle and general park maintenance. Please wear gloves and a mask. As always, we appreciate any amount of time you can give. There have been so many improvements made with the removal of bush honeysuckle and this will be our last opportunity this year. To the many volunteers who have given their time to improve this beautiful park as the site of Abraham Lincoln’s family first home in Illinois, we are so grateful.