AGENDA OF THE 153RD MEETING

ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
Funks Grove Chapel
Funks Grove, Illinois
October 29, 1996 -- 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 152nd Meeting, August 6, 1996

Item 4: 1997 Meeting Schedule

February 4, 1997 Springfield - Illinois State Library
May 6, 1997 Galena - DeSoto Hotel
August 5, 1997 Long Grove - Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve
October 28, 1997 Grafton - Pere Marquette State Park

Item 5: INPC Staff Report

REPORT Randy Heidorn, Don McFall
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 6: IDNR Staff Report

REPORT Carl Becker
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 7:* Fayette Co.-- Ramsey Railroad Prairie, Dedication

Ramsey Railroad Prairie is an 11.26 acre tract proposed for preliminary approval of dedication as an Illinois Nature Preserve. This is a dry mesic and mesic prairie owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The area is included in the Natural Areas Inventory and is one of the very few high quality prairies remaining in the Southern Till Plain Natural Division. The prairie occurs on the right-of-way of an abandoned railroad that was acquired by the IDNR in 1990.

REPORT
Judy Faulkner
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Preliminary Approval for Dedication

Item 8* Lake County -- Additions of Nature Preserve Buffer to Wauconda Bog Nature Preserve, Dedication

Four separate tracts, totaling approximately 4.6 acres are proposed for dedication as additions of buffer to Wauconda Bog Nature Preserve. The four tracts, owned by Dino Guerin (0.75 acres), Deb Marlewski (0.68 acres), Jim Mullaney (0.18 acres), and Al Tyde (3.00 acres), are located within the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI) boundary for Wauconda Bog. Wauconda Bog, in addition to being recognized on the INAI, has also been recognized by the U. S. National Park Service as a National Natural Landmark. Wauconda Bog was included on the INAI for the extant high-quality forested bog and marsh communities. At least 12 species of plants, currently listed as endangered or threatened by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, have been recorded from Wauconda Bog Nature Preserve. Dedication of the four separate tracts is consistent with tenets of landscape ecology that call for enlarging natural areas to the extent possible and protecting natural areas from adjacent incompatible land uses.

REPORT
Steven Byers Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Preliminary Approval for Dedication

Item 9* Kane Co. -- Brewster Creek Fen, Dedication

Thomas and Charlene Pettey seek final approval for dedication of approximately 9.0 acres of Brewster Creek Fen as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Elements of three natural communities are aligned along an elevational gradient that vary from sedge meadow along Brewster Creek, to seeps located along the toe of the slope, to dry-mesic forest located on higher ground. Seeps are defined "...(as) an area with saturated soil caused by water flowing to the surface in a diffuse rather than concentrated flow. Seeps are usually smaller than 0.1 acre, and are most common along the lower slopes of glacial moraines, ravines, and terraces." That description matches the geological and topographical setting at Brewster Creek Fen. Currently, 199 native plant species have been recorded from Brewster Creek Fen, including the state threatened Weak-stemmed wood sedge (Carex laxiculmis). Brewster Creek Fen was granted preliminary approval for dedication at the Nature Preserves Commission's 152nd Meeting (Resolution # 1323).

REPORT
Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 10:* Orienteering within Illinois Nature Preserves

At the 152nd meeting of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, approval was sought to conduct orienteering events within nature preserves in Cook County. The Commission authorized INPC stewardship staff on a trial basis to issue permits to hold these events on a case by case basis within nature preserves in Cook County provided the owner approved and the event would not damage nature preserve resources. Staff was asked to report on these permits quarterly to the Commission. The Commission has received many expressed concerns over this issue and its potential impact to the future of protecting dedicated nature preserves. A report reviewing previous actions of the Commission on recreational activities in nature preserves and how they relate to orienteering will be presented.

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Review previous resolution on Orienteering

Item 11:* Johnson Co. --Heron Pond/Little Black Slough Nature Preserve : Proposal to Protect Heron Pond from Drainage

After a year of data collection and planning IDNR is proposing to restore the natural levee between Heron Pond and the Cache River and reinforce the south bank of the river with filter cloth and gabions. These methods will prevent collapse of the bank and natural levee caused by groundwater seepage through the levee.

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Mel Allison
IDNR, Office of Water Resources

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Approval of Restoration Project

Item 12:* DuPage County -- Proposal to construct a regional trail within Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County requests to construct a regional trail within Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve. Currently, there is a combination of trail conditions existing within the nature preserve ranging from a crushed limestone base trail 8-9 feet wide to a mowed turf trail. The new trail would consist of a 10 feet wide crushed limestone base and include equestrian, bicycle, cross country skiing, and pedestrian traffic. At the time of preliminary approval for dedication (136th meeting), local trails to allow access for viewing of the nature preserve were included in the proposal prepared by the District, however no regional trail was mentioned. Prior to the nature preserve receiving final approval for dedication, the Board of Commissioners for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County met and approved an ordinance approving the dedication. During those deliberations the District Commissioners were presented with a revised proposal for dedication that included references to this regional trail. It can be assumed that the District Commissioners believed that this trail would be incorporated into the nature preserve. The public record for the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission has no mention of a regional trail at the time of final approval of dedication (138th meeting).

REPORT
Randy Heidorn and Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Approval of Regional Trail

Item 13:* Kane County: Proposal to Modify Surface Drainage Entering Trout Park Nature Preserve

The City of Elgin is undertaking a special assessment project that upgrades the storm water management in the area near Trout Park. Trout Park currently has a 10 acre watershed that drains through a ravine that discharges through a ravine just west of Sherwood Avenue and South of Trout Park Boulevard. The proposed changes include increasing the watershed of this ravine to include 16 acres of residential area. This would result in the doubling of the water volume discharged for up to the 10 year rain events. The design calls for a drop box structure in the pipe that would dissipate the additional energy of this increase. Also, a restrictor in this structure would limit the discharge rates to current levels. Therefore, the increased volume of water would result in longer periods of discharge than are currently occurring in this ravine. City of Elgin staff have indicated that other options exist but might be more expensive or have impacts to private property in the region.

REPORT
Randy Heidorn, Patti Malmberg
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Approval of Proposal

Item 14:* Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Item 15: Other Business

Item 16: Adjournment