In this week's edition: A profile of Alex 'Always Outdoors' Lourash, natural areas manager at Allerton Park; an update on archery turkey hunting numbers; and a Grand Prairie Friends tree-planting event near Charleston.

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We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for a little trip. Last week, Michael said, “Mary, we don’t have time to take a vacation.” But my logic won my husband over: “We get an extra hour back for daylight-saving time.” Besides, Indianapolis is only a short jaunt, and we were headed for the zo…

In this week's edition: The Prairie Rivers Network's 2019 River Steward; a report on this fall's shotgun turkey season; archery deer and fall turkey permits; and spring turkey applications.

The IEPA's David Saladino said 3 possible reasons he was given by the contractor for Saturday's long lines were that the heavy rain slowed things down; a number of people brought latex paint — though there were many advance warnings that it wouldn't be accepted; and several arrived with many boxes of items.

In this week's edition: Results from the Illini Bass Club Classic; work on a railroad trestle that will be part of the Kickapoo Rail Trail; and a fall color hike in the Russell Duffin Woods Nature Preserve at Forest Glen Preserve.

Modeling its program after a similar volunteer effort in Naperville, Champaign officials contend that it is 'the first municipality in central Illinois to offer an Adopt A Drain program to its residents.'

In this week's edition: Grand Prairie Friends' 22nd annual Rattlesnake Master Run for the Prairie at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana; cleanup efforts at Point Pleasant Restoration area at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve; a new-moon hike at Homer Lake Forest Preserve; and a deer harvest update.

Documents released by the district this week revealed that the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district reduced the scope of excavation work this summer to 0.99 acres — just under the 1-acre threshold at which a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is required.

In this week's edition: A Star Park at Kennekuk County Park in Vermilion County; a fundraiser for construction of another section of the Kickapoo Rail Trail; and the start of trout season.

There’s a big focus on the city of Champaign in this week’s edition: the groundbreaking for a new downtown hotel, a new tenant for an old music venue, a street-lighting request, the bygone GoFundMe campaign for the now-demolished Burnham Mansion, an apartment building being razed, Elite Entertainment and an update on the Yards project.

In this week's edition: A recap of the Urbana Park District's BioBlitz in Busey Woods; a preview of the Boy Scouts' Smilin’ Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest Camp at Robert Drake in Vermilion County; Sunday morning bird walks at the Anite Purves Nature Center in Urbana; and youth firearm deer-hunting permits.