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Group to mark Illinois & Michigan canal corridor's 30th year

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHANNAHON – The Canal Corridor Association will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor when it meets in March.

The corridor runs the 96-mile length of the historical Illinois & Michigan Canal from Chicago to LaSalle, creating tourism and recreation opportunities along the route.

The spring 2014 Canal Alliance Congress will include presentations on recreation and history. The session will offer opportunities for Canal Corridor Association members to collaborate on future activities and projects.

The meeting, which will include representatives from organizations in the corridor, will be March 26 at Four Rivers Environmental Center at 25055 S. Walnut Lane, Channahon.

“We’re really excited to follow up on the success of the first such event held last winter, where more than 50 organizations from across the Corridor were represented,” said Dennis Bieschke, a Lemont board member of the Canal Corridor Association.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance registration is required. The registration deadline is March 14. Call the Canal Corridor Association at 815-223-1851 to register. Cost is $30 for members and $50 for nonmembers. A continental breakfast and lunch is included.

The program includes updates on local and regional projects, as well as presentations on national programs.

The keynote speaker will be Candy Welch Streed, program and partnership director of the Silo & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Streed’s presentation is “Where the Story of American Agriculture Comes to Life.”

Craig Williams, a senior planner at Alta Planning, will make a presentation on how to attract bicyclists to trails in the corridor. Members of the Canal Corridor Association also will have an opportunity to showcase their activities and plans.

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