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Kids in Action - September 2016

Katelyn Toigo,
Jersey Community High School,
Jerseyville, Jersey County


Katelyn was one of the winners of the 2016 Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Achievement Scholarships. Katelyn has worked diligently on native habitat restoration projects at Katelyn’s Woods Land and Water Reserve near Grafton and volunteering at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (TRNWR) in Brussels for many years. Her efforts to remove invasive plant species and restore native habitats have been rewarded by the return of native wildlife and plant species to these areas. While much of her work is behind the scenes, she also takes part in activities that educate visitors to TRNWR. Her willingness to take on any task assigned to her by TRNWR staff members has given her valuable experiences in many wildlife management techniques. She was named the Volunteer of the Year in 2014 for the TRNWR.