ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION AGENDA
ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-SECOND MEETING
Public Landing Restaurant
200 West 8th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
August 7, 2001   9:00 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 171st Meeting, May 1, 2001

Item 4: Next Meeting

Schedule 30 October - Desoto Hotel, Galena, Illinois, 10:00 a.m.

Item 5:* Natural Areas Acquisition Fund Fiscal Year 2002 Land Acquisition Proposals

REPORT                                                                                    ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Brian Reilly                                                                                  Commission Recommendation
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 6: Election of Officers - INPC Nominating Committee Report

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Dr. Lorin Nevling, Member                                                         Election of Officers
Nominating Committee
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 7: Election of Advisors and Consultants

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Dr. Lorin Nevling, Member,                                                        Election of Advisors and Consultants
Nominating Committee
Nature Preserves Commission

Nominated Advisors
Dr. William Shilts
Dr. George Vander Velde
Dr. Derek Winstanley


Nominated Consultants
Gerald Adelmann
Dr. Robert Betz
Bruce Boyd
John Comerio
Marilyn Campbell
Kenneth Fiske
Jerry Paulson
Al Pyott
John Schmitt
Dr. Kenneth Robertson
Valerie Spale
John White

Item 8: INPC Staff Report

REPORT
Carolyn Grosboll and Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 9: IDNR Staff Report

REPORT
Glen Kruse
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 10:* Jersey Co. - Katelyn's Woods Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Katelyn's Woods is a 150.3-acre site that qualifies for registry in the Land and Water Reserve program by having more than 100 acres of forest that supports breeding populations of forest interior birds. The proposed reserve contains 128 acres of grade C dry, dry-mesic, and mesic upland forest representative of the Glaciated Section of the Middle Mississippi Border Natural Division and 22 acres of old field. Thirteen species of birds considered highly or moderately sensitive to forest fragmentation have been documented using Katelyn's Woods during the breeding season. The state-threatened timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) inhabits the general vicinity of Katelyn's Woods. While the snake has not yet been documented on the property, the proposed reserve will protect additional foraging habitat for this species. The proposed reserve is located approximately one mile from the northern part of the 8,100-acre Pere Marquette State Park. The park contains Brainerd Cave Land and Water Reserve and Pere Marquette Nature Preserve. The owners of the proposed reserve, Joe and Deb Toigo, wish to register their land permanently.

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Debbie Newman                                                                        Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 11:* Kankakee Co. - Sweet Fern Savanna Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Sweet Fern Savanna, privately owned by Marianne Hahn, is a 62.2-acre natural area located in the Kankakee Sand Area Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division in Kankakee County. Most of the site is recognized on the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI #1581) for its high-quality, dry mesic sand savanna, and for the habitat it provides for six state-endangered species: sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina), shore St. John's wort (Hypericum adpressum), Carey's smartweed (Polygonum careyi), eastern blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium atlanticum), bristly blackberry (Rubus setosus), and primrose violet (Viola primulifolia). The proposed land and water reserve also provides habitat for many uncommon wildlife species, and for over 320 native plants. Its assemblage of different natural communities showcases the diversity of the Kankakee Sands.

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Kim Roman                                                                                  Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 12:* Marion Co. - Karl Bartel Wildlife Sanctuary Land and Water Reserve, Registration

The proposed Karl Bartel Wildlife Sanctuary Land and Water Reserve is an 80-acre tract located within the Prairie Ridge - Marion County INAI site (#754). The tract was purchased by the Illinois Audubon Society with the assistance of a Conservation 2000 grant and will be restored to prairie using local genotype seed. The Reserve is adjacent to registered land owned by the IDNR on the west and south. This site will be managed in conjunction with theMarion County unit of Prairie Ridge State Natural Area (PRSNA). PRSNA provides critical habitat for 27 endangered, threatened, watchlist, or grassland sensitive species. If registered, it would increase the total acreage of restored grasslands at PRSNA - Marion County to 1,087.5 acres. Allowable uses would include construction of wetlands, an interpretive trail, and a parking area.

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Bob Edgin                                                                                    Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 13:* Mason Co. - Barkhausen Woods Land and Water Reserve, Registration

The proposed Barkhausen Woods Land and Water Reserve is a 128.4-acre tract owned by the IDNR which contains a 45-acre grade A dry sand forest. The property is part of the Barkhausen Refuge (over 1400 acres) which was donated to the IDNR in 1964 by Lou Barkhausen upon his death. Mr. Barkhausen was the third president of Ducks Unlimited and the founder of Wild Birds of America. This Category I INAI site (#362) is a dry sand forest which still retains much of its presettlement characteristics. The Barkhausen Woods Natural Area is one of only three identified high-quality natural areas of this community type within the whole of the Illinois River and Mississippi River Sand Areas Natural Division. Of those three natural areas, Barkhausen Woods is the only one publicly-owned and actively managed. Therefore, added protective measures for this publicly-owned site are necessary and prudent to ensure protection of this significant natural resource.

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
John Wilker                                                                                 Registration Approval
District Heritage Biologist
IDNR, Office of Resource Conservation, Region IV

Item 14:* McHenry Co. - Black-Crown Marsh Land and Water Reserve, Registration

The proposed Black-Crown Marsh Land and Water Reserve is a 156.3-acre tract owned by the IDNR. The Black-Crown Marsh wetland complex is a 628-acre site composed of 238 acres of palustrine emergent wetland representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division and 390 acres of upland buffer. It lies in the resource rich area of the Fox River watershed. This hemi-marsh and flooded scrub-shrub wetland is dominated by broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia) and willow (Salix spp.), with central areas of open water. The INAI designated Black-Crown Marsh as a Category II Natural Area (#1503) in 1997, recognizing its diversity and abundance of wetland-dependent avifauna; in particular those designated as state-listed threatened and endangered. Nine state-listed endangered or threatened bird species have been documented using Black-Crown Marsh, including the black tern (Chlidonias niger), common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis), pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), sandhill crane (Grus canadensis), black-crown night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), osprey (Pandion haliaetus), and yellow-headed blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus). The site is important to this suite of wetland-dependent avifauna not only for foraging, but also as a significant nesting area. Only the American bittern and osprey are thought to limit their use of the site to spring and fall migration. The protection of Black-Crown Marsh will provide an opportunity to establish and maintain prime habitat for wetland-dependent avifauna.

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Brad Semel                                                                                   Registration Approval
District Heritage Biologist
IDNR, Office of Resource Conservation, Region II

Item 15:* Edwards Co. - Addition of Buffer to Beadles Barrens Nature Preserve, Dedication

Roger and Vivian Beadles propose to dedicate approximately 4.5 acres of buffer as an addition to Beadles Barrens Nature Preserve. This addition includes upland oak-hickory forest representative of the Mt. Vernon Hill Country Section of the Southern Till Plain with a herbaceous component that is similar in composition to Beadles Barrens Nature Preserve. Beadles Barrens was identified by the INAI (#1547) and was granted final approval for dedication at the Commission's 166th Meeting in February, 2000 (Resolution #1523). A key item in the proposal for dedication of Beadles Barrens was the pursuit of protection for adjacent forested tracts that could provide buffer to Beadles Barrens Nature Preserve and assist with the formation of a more contiguous landscape.

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Bob Edgin                                                                                   Preliminary Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 16:* Lake Co. - Wadsworth Prairie and Savanna Addition of Nature Preserve and Nature Preserve Buffer to Wadsworth Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Wadsworth Prairie Nature Preserve is owned by the Lake County Forest Preserve District and was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve at the Commission's 84th Meeting, June, 1981 (Resolution #591). The proposed Wadsworth Prairie and Savanna addition totals approximately 187 acres, of which 172 acres are proposed for dedication as nature preserve and 15 acres proposed as nature preserve buffer. The Wadsworth Prairie and Savanna addition contains savanna, marsh, mesic prairie, and wet prairie representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division and protects populations of the federally-listed eastern prairie-fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea), three state-listed plant species and two state-listed animal species. The site is included on the INAI (#649). The proposed Wadsworth Prairie and Savanna addition will increase the nature preserve from 267 acres to 454 acres.

REPORT                                                                                    ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Steven Byers                                                                                 Preliminary Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission
Jim Anderson
Lake County Forest Preserve District

Item 17:* Madison Co. - Bachman Farm Addition of Buffer to Mississippi Sanctuary Nature Preserve, Dedication

The Nature Institute proposes to dedicate 10.7 acres known as the Bachman Farm, as an addition of nature preserve buffer to the Mississippi Sanctuary Nature Preserve. The proposed addition also partly borders the recently dedicated 7.25-acre Poole Farm addition of nature preserve. The Bachman Farm, located in the Glaciated Section of the Middle Mississippi Border Natural Division, is a key parcel within the watershed of the stream that separates the Mississippi Sanctuary and Oblate Fathers' Woods Nature Preserve, and is currently comprised of mesic upland forest and fallow pasture. The complex of adjoining lands in the area, including John M. Olin Nature Preserve, Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary Nature Preserve buffer, Mississippi Sanctuary Nature Preserve, Poole Farm Nature Preserve addition and Oblate Fathers' Woods Nature Preserve comprise a total of 400 acres. This addition will increase the amount of contiguous preserved land to 411 acres. The preservation of the Bachman Farm will also add more buffer to the nearby bald eagle winter roost on the John M. Olin Nature Preserve, and will preserve critical habitat for the state-threatened timber rattlesnake, which is found in the vicinity of the property.

REPORT                                                                                    ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Debbie Newman                                                                          Preliminary Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 18:* Union Co. - Ren-Dill Shale Glade Nature Preserve, Dedication

The proposed Ren-Dill Shale Glade Nature Preserve is a 40-acre site owned by Vicki Miles and her mother, Lenita Rolfing. The area includes two-thirds of the Berryville Shale Glade (INAI #854) and is located in the Southern Section of the Ozark Natural Division. The proposed Ren-Dill Shale Glade Nature Preserve contains one- acre of the six acres of grade A shale glade left in Illinois. Shale is most commonly located below the soil surface. Shale glades are a unique natural community where shale is exposed providing the substrate for an unusual plant community. The shale glade community is characterized by little bluestem (Schizachrium scoparium), poverty grass (Danthonia spicata), and a mixture of prairie and woodland forbs. The surrounding dry and dry-mesic upland forest contain post oak (Quercus stellata), black jack oak (Quercus marilandica), farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) and black and white oak (Quercus velutina and Quercus alba). As one of the few shale glades left in Illinois, the Miles family wishes to preserve this rare natural area for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

REPORT                                                                                    ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Judy Faulkner Dempsey                                                                                   Preliminary Approval for Dedication Nature Preserves Commission

Item 19:* LaSalle Co. - Addition to Lower Fox River - Blake's Landing Nature Preserve, Dedication

Lower Fox River - Blake's Landing Nature Preserve is a 17-acre site owned by the IDNR. The IDNR proposes to dedicate a 12-acre addition to the preserve. The preserve and the proposed addition contain sandstone cliffs representative of the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division and frontage along the Fox River, recognized by the INAI (#455) as an outstanding example of the rivers and creeks of the Illinois River watershed. The lower Fox River provides habitat for the state-endangered greater redhorse (Moxostoma valenciennesi) and the state-threatened river redhorse (Moxostoma carinatum). The state-endangered snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) and the state-threatened forked aster (Aster furcatus) occur in the proposed addition. The addition will increase the total acreage of Lower Fox River - Blake's Landing Nature Preserve to 29 acres and lengthen the Nature Preserve's river frontage by approximately 700 feet. The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this site at its 171st Meeting (Resolution #1588) in May, 2001.

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Kim Roman                                                                                   Final Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 20:* Monroe Co. - Pautler Nature Preserve, Dedication

The proposed Pautler Nature Preserve is a 3.18-acre site owned by the Karst Conservancy of Illinois that includes a portion of Pautler Cave, which is part of the Pautler Cave System INAI site (#1597). The cave system contains a high-quality aquatic and terrestrial cave community representative of the Northern Section of the Ozark Natural Division and provides habitat for the largest number of troglobites (obligate cave dwellers) of any cave in Illinois. The cave system also contains abundant populations of the state and federally endangered Illinois cave amphipod (Gammarus acherondytes). The proposed preserve includes a sinkhole containing an entrance to the cave, a small portion of cave passage, and a significant cave stream, as well as grade C dry-mesic upland forest and a small amount of old field on the surface. The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this site at its 171st Meeting (Resolution #1589) in May, 2001.

REPORT                                                                                   ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Debbie Newman                                                                           Final Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 21:* Ogle Co. - White Pines Forest Nature Preserve, Dedication

White Pines Forest is a 43-acre natural area owned by the IDNR. It is located in the 385-acre White Pines Forest State Park. The proposed preserve is included on the INAI (#87). It is the only state-owned, high-quality dry mesic upland forest community in the Freeport Section of the Rock River Hill Country Natural Division that has native white pine as a forest component. In addition, the dolomite cliffs provide habitat for rare plants such as Canada yew (Taxus canadensis) and for sullivantia (Sullivantia renefolia), a state-threatened plant species. White Pines Forest is located in southwestern Ogle County, approximately 6.5 miles west of Oregon. Dedication of this property will preserve the largest remaining relict stand of naturally occurring white pine left in the State. The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this site at its 146th Meeting (Resolution #1261) in February, 1995.

REPORT                                                                                    ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Jim Heim                                                                                   Final Approval for Dedication
District Heritage Biologist
IDNR, Office of Resource Conservation, Region I

Item 22: Lake Co. - Illinois Beach Nature Preserve and North Dunes Nature Preserve - Update on Asbestos Investigations and Remediation

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 23: 300th Nature Preserve Celebration - Update

REPORT
Jill Allread
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 24:* George B. Fell Biography

REPORT
Jerry Paulson
Natural Land Institute

Item 25: Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Item 26: Other Business

Item 27: Adjournment

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