LLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION AGENDA

ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIFTH MEETING  

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

McCormick Room

2430 N. Cannon Drive

Chicago , IL

August 7, 2007    10:00 a.m.  

*Documentary Material Enclosed

 

Item 1:      Call to Order, Roll Call, and Introduction of Attendees

Item 2:*      Adoption of Agenda

Item 3:*      Approval of Minutes of the 194th Meeting Minutes, May 1, 2007

Item 4:        2007 Meeting Schedule

         October 23, 10:00 a.m.      - Mt. Hope Community Hall, McLean

Item 5:        Election of Officers – INPC Nominating Committee Report

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         John Schwegman                                           Election of Officers

         Nominating Committee

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 6:        Election of Advisors and Consultants

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         John Schwegman                                           Election of Advisors and Consultants

         Nominating Committee

         Nature Preserves Commission

Current Advisors:

 

Dr. William Shilts

Dr. George Vander Velde

Dr. Derek Winstanley

                                                           

Current Consultants:

 

Gerald Adelmann

John Comerio

Dr. Kenneth Robertson

Bruce Boyd

Kenneth Fiske

Joseph Roth

Marilyn Campbell

Jerry Paulson

Valerie Spale

John White

 

 

Item 7:        INPC Staff Report

         REPORT

         Randy Heidorn and John Nelson

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 8:        IDNR Staff Report

         REPORT

         Glen Kruse

         IDNR, Office of Resource Conservation

Item 9:        Endangered Species Protection Board Staff Report

         REPORT

         Randy Nyboer

         Endangered Species Protection Board Manager

Item 10:*    Jackson Co. – Campbell Lake Land and Water Reserve

         The Illinois Department of Natural Resources wishes to permanently register 510.8 acres of natural wetland and bottomland forest as Campbell Lake Land and Water   Reserve.  The eastern portion of the proposed land and water reserve lies within the 533-acre wetland and forest complex known as the Campbell Lake Illinois Natural        Areas Inventory (INAI) site (#167).  Of the 510.8 acres owned by the IDNR,   approximately 120 acres are within the INAI site.  Of this acreage, approximately 15 acres are a shrub swamp/pond.  The remaining acreage is wet-mesic floodplain forest.  Campbell Lake is located at the southern edge of the Southern Till Plain NaturalDivision in the Mt. Vernon Hill Country Section.  It is an outstanding       example of a     shallow natural lake in the bottomland of the Little Muddy River system.  Protection of the proposed Campbell Lake Land and Water Reserve supports objectives of the       Illinois Wildlife Action Plan (IWAP) because it will protect a wetland in the Southern  Till Plain Natural Division and in the Big Muddy River watershed, where extensive  areas of river floodplain and ancient glacial lakebeds were occupied by forested     wetlands. The Plan identifies these wetlands as scarce.  The IWAP also stated that       bottomland forests associated with wetlands such as this are important to many        amphibians and reptiles, including the crayfish frog which occurs at this site and isidentified as a species of conservation concern in the Plan.

         

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         Judy Faulkner Dempsey                                 Registration Approval

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 11:*    Kankakee Co. – Addition to Sweet Fern Savanna Land and Water Reserve,

         Registration

         Dr. Marianne Hahn wishes to permanently register two separate tracts, totaling 11.7 acres, as additions to Sweet Fern Savanna Land and Water Reserve.  The additions  will increase the amount of protected habitat for the state-endangered sedge (Carex   cumulata) and state-threatened eastern blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium atlanticum).     The additions will also buffer high-quality natural communities within the existing Land and Water Reserve. Sweet Fern Savanna Land and Water Reserve was  registered in 2002 and is located in the Kankakee Sand Area Section of the Grand        Prairie Natural Division of Illinois.  Since that time, several additions to Sweet Fern       Savanna Land and Water Reserve have been registered by both Dr. Hahn and the   Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  The 103-acre Land and Water Reserve is recognized on the INAI (#1581) for its high-quality dry-mesic sand savanna.  The       Land and Water Reserve also provides habitat for 12 state-endangered or threatened          plants and the state-threatened regal fritillary butterfly (Speyeria idalia). Theregistration of these tracts in the Kankakee Sands Conservation Opportunity Area will help meet objectives outlined in the IWAP.

 

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         Kim Roman                                                   Registration Approval

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 12:*    Washington and Clinton Co. – Buck Hill Bottom Land and Water Reserve and        Addition, Registration

         The proposed Buck Hill Bottom Land and Water Reserve is a 203-acre, largely-    forested site owned by Glen and Linda Schuetz.  The proposed addition is 50 acres in       size and is owned by Glen, Linda, and Nathan Schuetz.  The proposed land and water reserve, a combined total of 253 acres, contains 18 acres of the 158.75-acre Big Open       Woodland INAI site (#1598), five acres of the 64.46-acre West End Sportsmen’s Club INAI site (#865), and a segment of the unchannelized portion of the Kaskaskia   River.  Buck Hill Bottom is located in the Effingham Plain Section of the Southern Till Plain Natural Division and the Lower Kaskaskia Bottomlands Conservation          Opportunity Area as designated in the IWAP. Species of greatest need of   conservation listed in the IWAP that are found on the proposed land and water         reserve include yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus), red-shouldered hawk       (Buteo lineatus), red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), Acadian    flycatcher (Empidonax virescens), hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), Kentucky warbler (Oporonis formosus), prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea),    wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina), whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) brown      thrasher (Toxostoma rufum), yellow-breasted chat (Icteria virens), bobcat (Lynx    rufus), central mudminnow (Umbra limi), brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans), and  flier (Centrarchus macropterus).

 

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         Debbie Newman                                           Registration Approval

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 13:*    Cook Co. – Calumet City Prairie and Marsh Nature Preserve, Dedication

         The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) seeks preliminary approval   for dedication of 40 acres of Calumet City Prairie as Calumet City Prairie and MarshNature Preserve.  The proposed nature preserve is located in the Chicago Lake   Plain Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division in the corporate limits of       Calumet City, Illinois.  The dune and swale topography at this site, once a dominant feature of the Chicago Lake Plain Section, includes sand dunes interposed with  swales.  The site was included on the INAI (#497) for high-quality dry-mesic sand prairie, mesic prairie, wet-mesic prairie, and marsh. These natural communities   support four state-listed plant species including grass pink orchid (Calopogon  tuberosus), marsh St. John’s wort (Hypericum virginicum), Richardon’s rush (Juncus    alpinus), and marsh speedwell (Veronica scutellata).  Dedication of Calumet City Prairie and Marsh is consistent with the IWAP specifically several action steps   identified for the Farmland and Prairies Campaign and the Wetlands Campaign.      Further, dedication of this site honors the commitment of both the FPDCC and the        INPC to collaborate to preserve sites of state-wide ecological significance.

 

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         Steven Byers                                                 Preliminary Approval for Dedication

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 14:*    DuPage Co.West Chicago Prairie Forest Preserve Buffer Addition to Truitt-Hoff    Nature Preserve, Dedication

         The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC) seeks preliminary approval         for dedication of 169.5 acres of the West Chicago Prairie Forest Preserve as a nature  preserve buffer addition to Truitt-Hoff Nature Preserve. Truitt-Hoff Nature Preserve   received final approval for dedication at the Commission’s 190th Meeting in May,       2006 (Resolution #1880).  The proposed nature preserve buffer addition is located in       the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Illinois Morainal Natural Division in West Chicago, Illinois and includes elements of mesic prairie, wet prairie, sedge meadow,       marsh, and wet-mesic savanna. These natural communities have responded well to       more than 20 years of restoration and management by volunteers and staff of the      FPDDC and provides habitat for three state-listed plants: western beard tongue        (Penstemon tubaeflorus), little green sedge (Carex viridula), and white lady’s slipper      (Cypripedium candidum). The site also has breeding habitat for the Blanding’s turtle        (Emydoidea blandingi), and Henslow’s sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii).         Dedication of this nature preserve buffer addition is consistent with the IWAP,  specifically several action steps identified for the Farmland and Prairies Campaign         and the Wetlands Campaign.  The site supports several species identified in the plan    as “critical species” for this natural division which includes the silver-bordered         fritillary (Boloria selene), silvery checkerspot (Militaea nycteis),  Blanding’s turtle,    Henslow’s sparrow, sandhill crane (Grus canadensis), northern flicker (Colaptes       auratus), and red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus).  Dedication of      this buffer addition will increase the size of Truitt-Hoff Nature Preserve from 115.974      acres to 285.475 acres.

         

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         Steven Byers                                                 Preliminary Approval for Dedication

         Nature Preserves Commission

         Leslie Berns

         Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Item 15:*    Lee Co. – Hazelwood Forest Nature Preserve, Dedication

         The Walgreen family proposes to dedicate 43.7 acres as Hazelwood Forest Nature    Preserve. The proposed Hazelwood Forest Nature Preserve is part of the larger       Lowell Park natural area which has long been the subject of preservation efforts by        the Dixon Park District and the Walgreen family.  This site is located in the Oregon          Section of the Rock River Country Natural Division. In 1966, at the suggestion of    INPC Commissioner Myrtle Walgreen, and after consult with the Dixon Park District,        the INPC passed a resolution which granted preliminary approval for dedication of         Lowell Park as an Illinois Nature Preserve.  However, over the ensuing years, the site was never formally dedicated.  Protection efforts waned until the mid 1990s.  At that   time, staff of the Dixon Park District, the IDNR, and the INPC renewed interest in     preserving the site and initiated formal plant community surveys.  The surveys were    necessary to nominate Lowell Park for inclusion on the INAI.  In 2002, the site was      added to the INAI (#1622) as a category I site containing grade B dry-mesic upland       forest and grade B mesic upland forest. Protection and restoration of this area        supports several action steps for the Forests Campaign and Invasive Species  Campaign of the IWAP.

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         John Nelson                                                  Preliminary Approval for Dedication

         Nature Preserves Commission                       

Item 16:*    Lee Co. – Lowell Forest Nature Preserve, Dedication

         The Dixon Park District proposes to dedicate 54.3 acres as Lowell Forest Nature   Preserve.  The proposed Lowell Forest Nature Preserve is part of the larger Lowell         Park natural area which has long been the subject of preservation efforts by the Dixon  Park District and the Walgreen family. This site is located in the Oregon Section of       the Rock River Country Natural Division.  In 1966, at the suggestion of INPC      Commissioner Myrtle Walgreen, and after consult with the Dixon Park District, the      INPC passed a resolution which granted preliminary approval for dedication of      Lowell Park as an Illinois Nature Preserve.  However, over the ensuing years, the site was never formally dedicated.  Protection efforts waned until the mid 1990s.  At that   time, staff of the Dixon Park District, the IDNR, and the INPC renewed interest in     preserving the site and initiated formal plant community surveys.  The surveys were    necessary to nominate Lowell Park for inclusion on the INAI.  In 2002, the site was      added to the INAI (#1622) as a category I site containing grade B dry-mesic upland       forest and grade B mesic upland forest.  Protection and restoration of this area     supports several action steps for the Forests Campaign and Invasive Species     Campaign of the IWAP.

 

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         John Nelson                                                  Preliminary Approval for Dedication

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 17:*    Cook Co. – Powderhorn Prairie and Marsh Nature Preserve, Dedication

         The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) seeks final approval for      dedication of 130 of the 192 acres of Powderhorn Lake Forest Preserve as the      Powderhorn Prairie and Marsh Nature Preserve.  The proposed nature preserve is       located in the Chicago Lake Plain Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural   Division.  The dune and swale topography of this proposed nature preserve, once a       dominate feature of the Chicago Lake Plain Section, is composed of a series of six   sand dunes interposed with swales.  The site was included on the INAI (#1071) for          high-quality dry-mesic, wet-mesic sand prairies, and dry-mesic sand savanna arrayed along the dunes, while the swales support high-quality marsh. These natural      communities support a number of state-endangered or threatened species; including     ten plants, three birds, one mammal, one fish, and one reptile species.  Protection and          stewardship of this site is consistent with the IWAP, specifically several action       steps identified for the Farmland and Prairies Campaign and the Wetlands Campaign. Dedication of the 30-acre site honors the commitment of both the INPC and the FPDCC to collaborate to       preserve sites of state-wide ecological significance and marks the first time a parcel of land located in the City of Chicago has been dedicated    as an Illinois Nature Preserve.  The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication at the Commission’s 193rd Meeting in February, 2007 (Resolution #1935).

 

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         Steven Byers                                                 Final Approval for Dedication

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 18:*    McHenry Co. – Spring Hill Buffer Addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve, Dedication

 

         Alan and Jeanine Dammann propose to dedicate approximately 9.4 acres of land,    located in the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Division, as the Spring   Hill buffer addition to the Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve.  The proposed buffer    addition consists of dry-mesic upland forest and seep natural communities.  The          buffer addition is adjacent to the 465-acre Boone Creek Fen and Seep INAI  site   (#1015) and is located within a ground watershed that has been designated as a Class   III Special Resource Groundwater by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency       and Illinois Pollution Control Board.  This site is one of the finest examples of       graminoid fen and seep wetlands within the State.  The entire natural area is under private ownership, and its protection has long been recognized as a worthy goal by   many local landowners.  The proposed buffer addition is a continuation of efforts by        local landowners to create a “macro-preserve” that encompasses as much of the          Boone Creek Fen and Seep Natural Area and associated recharge zones as possible. With final approval, this dedication represents the sixth private landowner dedicationwithin the Boone Creek Fen and Seep INAI site. Protection and restoration of the   proposed buffer addition supports action steps identified in the IWAP. The       Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication at the Commission’s 191st Meeting in August, 2006 (Resolution #1902).

 

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         John Nelson                                                  Final Approval for Dedication

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 19:*    Ogle Co. – Addition to Pine Rock Nature Preserve, Dedication

 

         The Illinois Department of Natural Resources proposes to dedicate 10.91 acres as an addition to Pine Rock Nature Preserve.  Pine Rock Nature Preserve contains wet-        mesic prairie, dry sand prairie, dry sand savanna, and sandstone cliff communities.  A    prominent outcrop of the St. Peter Sandstone is one of the notable features of the site.   Pine Rock was dedicated in 1966 and was the 16th nature preserve in Illinois.  The original dedication comprises 58.8 acres owned by the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities and held and managed by Northern Illinois University,       DeKalb.  The Nature Conservancy has long been the lead environmental advocate for   the site through its land protection program.  The site name was derived from the St.Peter sandstone monolith which rises 50 feet high above the relict prairie and the jack     pine (Pinus banksiana) trees which historically grew on site (1877) but have since   vanished.  Approval of this addition will help protect and restore the natural resource  features found within the existing nature preserve, as well as adding significant   acreage of relict high-quality oak savanna, wet-mesic prairie, and dry sand prairie   natural communities to Pine Rock Nature Preserve. Protection and restoration of the      proposed addition to Pine Rock Nature Preserve supports action steps identified in the     IWAP. The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication at the       Commission’s 194th Meeting in May, 2007 (Resolution #1951).

 

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         John Nelson                                         Final Approval for Dedication

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 20:      Winnebago Co. – Stone Bridge Reserve Land and Water Reserve, Proposal to Cross

         the Land and Water Reserve with a Sewer Line

         

         The Rock River Water Reclamation District requests INPC approval for a permanent easement across the Stone Bridge Reserve Land and Water Reserve for purposes ofinstallation and maintenance of a new sanitary sewer line extension.  The proposed sanitary sewer line will service future residential and commercial development within       the Village of Roscoe. Stone Bridge Trail Land and Water Reserve is owned by   Roscoe Township and was purchased with C2000 grant monies.  Its protection and   management has been championed locally by the Natural Land Institute (NLI).  This   site was approved for registration by the INPC and the IDNR in 1995.  The   significant natural features of the Stone Bridge Trail are the Hamborg Road gravel  prairie (INAI #1042, grade A and C), scattered prairie remnants along the railroad row, the state-threatened kittentail (Besseys bullii), and the federally threatened prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya). In addition to the INPC approval, the        sanitary district must obtain approval from the NLI and the IDNR, entities which also         jointly hold conservation easement rights across Stone Bridge Reserve Land and Water Reserve. The primary concern related to this request relates to a planned       residential development proposed by the Rubloff Development Group (RDG) along    the Stone Bridge Trail that will be serviced by the proposed sewer line.  The RDG

has proposed changes to their         and the NLI.  The changes include a 15-foot wide buffer to the Land and Water      Reserve that will facilitate continued management and controlled burns of prairie remnants located along this trail segment.  The buffer will be maintained by the futureHope Owners Association of the residential development, and adjacent home owners    will have no rights to use or access the buffer.  RDG further agrees to build a fence of       a mutually agreed style at the boundary between the eastern edge of the 15-foot buffer appropriate turf grass prior to construction activities and provide protection to the       Land and Water Reserve during the entire build-out of the development.   Access to      the buffer will be provided by gates at the northern and southern locations. Rights of  ingress, egress, and enforcement rights will be legally granted to the NLI and the    INPC in restrictive covenants.

 

         REPORT                                                      ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED

         Jeffrey Linkenheld                              Approval of Proposal

         Arc Design Resources, Inc.

         John Nelson

         Nature Preserves Commission

Item 21:      Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

                                       

Item 22:      Other Business

Item 23:      Adjournment