On Wednesday, the Natural Land Institute announced it had filed suit in U.S. District Court, asking for a judge to issue an injunction to halt the demolition of a rare patch of ancient … Continue reading Bell Bowl Proponents Sue To Stop Rockford Airport’s Bulldozers, Say ‘Prairies Are Illinois’ Redwoods’
Most battles between development and conservation, or the economy and the environment, are pitched as an either-or. Supporters of the movement to save Bell Bowl Prairie, a small patch of rare remnant … Continue reading Bell Bowl Prairie Proponents Have a Proposal to Save Rare Land and Allow Rockford Airport to Expand
Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves is excited to announce and welcome Travis Neal as our first Field Organizer! Mr. Neal will be responsible for supporting and facilitating the growth of new and existing volunteer stewardship communities at southern Illinois nature preserves and identifying partnerships and resources.
Founded in 2020 by a group of volunteers, Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves has assigned itself the tall order of increasing the profile of and support for the state’s more than 600 preserves and reserves — totaling more than 100,000 acres — be it through work days, fundraising or education.
Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves is excited to announce and welcome Amy Doll as our first Director. Doll will be responsible for leading the nonprofit organization as they build collaborations throughout the state of Illinois to provide support for the Illinois Nature Preserve System.
In the 1960s, the creation of the Illinois Nature Preserves made the state a pioneer in conservation. There was a sense of urgency after the state had plowed or developed … Continue reading Illinois’ 596 Nature Preserves Need More Than Protection From Development To Thrive
Starting last August, the Friends have helped sponsor brush cutting and seed gathering "workdays" every week. Yesterday, we and staff gave a controlled burn to this once-neglected island, an especially important Illinois Nature Preserve.
Seventeen miles long – once a plank road across the prairie, then a railroad, now a bike and hiking trail. Over all that time, a few patches of original black-soil prairie survived – within the fenced right-of-way – nowhere else over hundreds of square miles.
Not just in the rain forest, here in Illinois we are losing rare species – even from thought-to-be-safe nature preserves. What is the problem? Lack of educated stewards to care … Continue reading Learn-and-Lead Groups Forming