Volunteers clean up Rocky Glen

By Alyssa Donovan

January 19, 2013 Updated Jan 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Today is the national day of service and for one local group, giving back to mother nature goes hand in hand with giving back to the community.

The organization Friends of Rocky Glen are working to restore the unique property their nonprofit is named after.

The City of Peoria recently purchased a portion of the land off Kickapoo Creek Road, and the organization is working to make it more accessible to the public.

Saturday, volunteers worked on one of the Prairie hilltop areas, clearing out exotic trees and plants.

Friends of Rocky Glen President David Pittman says volunteering is a great way to help preserve nature and promote camaraderie.

Pittman said, "It's in the face to face that we really get a feel for each other where we learn to take care of each other, measure up each others strengths and weaknesses. Volunteering is a great thing to do and I'm glad to be a part of it."

Pittman says the next step will be reseeding the area with native plants.

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