ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION

MINUTES OF 149th MEETING

(Subject to approval of Commission at 150th Meeting)
Lodge and Conference Center
Route 100, Great River Road
Grafton, Illinois

Tuesday, October 31, 1995 -- 10:00 a.m.

INDEX

AREAS................................................................. ITEM

Cook Co. -- Addition of Nature Preserve Buffer for
Wolf Road
Prairie Nature Preserve........................................ 14

Madison Co. -- Toadwood Scrubs, Dedication...................... 15

Winnebago Co. -- Addition to Harlem Hills Nature Preserve,
Dedication..................................................... 16

Cook Co. -- Palatine Prairie, Dedication........................ 17

Cook Co. -- Palatine Prairie, Dedication........................ 18

Lake Co. -- Addition of Buffer to Skokie River Nature Preserve,
Dedication..................................................... 19

Ogle Co. -- Heeren Prairie, Dedication.......................... 20

COMMISSION AFFAIRS

Adoption of Agenda ............................................. 2

Approval of Minutes of 148th Meeting, August 1, 1995............ 3

Next Meeting Schedule........................................... 4

INPC Staff Report............................................... 5

IDNR Staff Report............................................... 6

Public Comment Period........................................... 7

Memorandum of Understanding Among Chicago
Region Biodiversity Council........................................................ 8

Heron Pond/Little Black Slough Nature
Preserve Erosion Control Project: Status Report......................................... 9

Proposal to Construct a Low Water Crossing
Within Beall Woods Nature Preserve................................................ 10

Proposal to Restore Hydrology to
Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve....................................................... 11

Proposal for the INPC to Join a Northeastern
Illinois Land and White-tailed Deer Management Consortium........................ 12

Berryville Shale Glade Nature Preserve Management
and Visitor Access Project................................................. 13

Other Business.................................................. 21

Adjournment .................................................... 22

 

149-1) Call to Order, Roll Call and Introduction of Attendees

At 10:05 a.m., pursuant to the Call to Order of Chairman Donnelley, the meeting began.

Members present: Gerald Adelmann, Thomas Donnelley, Francis Farwell, Don Pierce, John Schmitt, Valerie Spale, and Judith Spasovich.

Members absent: Anthony Dvorak and Wendy Paulson.

Others present: John Alesandrini, Brian Anderson, Steven Byers, Judith Faulkner, Carolyn Grosboll, Randy Heidorn, June Keibler, Tammie McKay, Mary Kay Solecki, and Sharon Suchecki, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC); Carl Becker, Bill McClain, Don McFall, and John Schwegman, Division of Natural Heritage, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR); Paul Shelton, Division of Wildlife Resources, IDNR; Susan Dees, Steve Doores, George Rose, and Barb Traeger, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT); Marcy DeMauro, Forest Preserve District of Will County; John and Kay Kendall, owners of the proposed Toadwood Scrubs Nature Preserve; Tanner Girard, Illinois Pollution Control Board; Ken Spale, Save the Prairie Society; and Eileen Cunningham, Illinois Valley Cultural Heritage Association (Greene, Jersey and Calhoun counties).

149-2) Adoption of Agenda

Brian Anderson reported that in Item 9, Heron Pond/Little Black Slough Nature Preserves Erosion Control Project, there is no action to be considered. This is a quarterly update that the Commission requested at the last meeting.

On page 3, Item 16 should be amended to read: "Winnebago County -- Addition to Harlem Hills Nature Preserve, Dedication."

Judy Faulkner asked that Item 15 be moved and presented earlier in the Agenda.

It was moved by Schmitt, seconded by Adelmann, and carried that the Agenda for the 149th Meeting be adopted as amended.

149-3) Approval of Minutes of 148th Meeting, August 1, 1995

Brian Anderson reported the following corrections:

On page 11, Item 19, Yorkville Prairie was granted final approval for dedication instead of preliminary approval.

On page 4, Item 7, first paragraph, the last sentence should be amended to read: "The reproduction and printing of the Directory of Illinois Nature Preserves was funded by the Dorothy and Gaylord Donnelley Foundation; additional printing was funded by the Donnelley Foundation, Thomas E. II and Barbara C. Donnelley Family Fund."

The following additional corrections were also reported:

On page 3, Item 6, second paragraph, line 7, "Champaign" should be changed to "Urbana" (location of Ecological Services).

On page 8, Item 13, 7th line, there is a typographical error; the word "land" should be changed to "lane."

It was moved by Farwell, seconded by Spale, and carried that the Minutes for the 148th Meeting be approved as amended.

149-4) Next Meeting Schedule

Chairman Donnelley reported that the scheduled dates for the 1996 INPC meetings will be February 6, May 7, August 6, and October 29, 1996.

It was moved by Pierce, seconded by Schmitt, and unanimously approved to hold the 1996 INPC meetings at the following locations:

Meeting Date Location

150    February 6, 1996
Illinois State Library
300 South Second Street
Springfield, Illinois

151     May 7, 1996
Giant City State Park
Makanda, Illinois

152     August 6, 1996
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, Illinois

153     October 29, 1996
Wildlife Prairie Park
Peoria, Illinois

149-5) INPC Staff Report

Carolyn Grosboll was pleased to report that the bill transferring the Joliet Army Arsenal to the U.S. Forest Service has passed both the House and Senate. The bill currently is in Conference Committee so that differences between the House and Senate versions can be worked out. Once the bill goes through Conference Committee, the bill will go to the President for his signature.

Carolyn reported that Phase I of the Water Law Study funded through Conservation 2000 has been completed and bids are going out for Phase II. Phase I concentrated on how key eastern states deal with the issue of water rights. Phase II will focus on Illinois water law specifically. The final phase, Phase III, will be the rewrite itself.

Carolyn continues to participate in the Stream Protection Workgroup of the State Water Plan Task Force. The final report of this workgroup should be completed by the next Commission meeting.

INPC staff attended an organizational meeting of IDNR's Division of Natural Heritage on September 21 and 22, 1995 in Champaign. A discussion was held on Conservation 2000 which included presentations on conservation easements, the Register of Land and Water Reserves and the macrosite program. Several management issues were also discussed.

John Alesandrini has been asked and has agreed to serve as an ex-officio member of the Environment Committee of the Savanna Army Depot Local Redevelopment Authority. The Authority was established by the Army to assist in directing the decommissioning and disposition of the Depot.

Judy Faulkner and Randy Heidorn recently returned from the Natural Areas Conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Judy helped teach land preservation skills at a session on landowner contact.

Judy Faulkner has negotiated a ten-year management agreement through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Restoration Program with a private landowner who is participating in our Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark Program in Clinton County. The area, known as Lost Creek Marsh, is a very rare, wet prairie community. Judy was able to negotiate 100% funding for this project. Work will soon begin to restore a higher water level to the wet prairie. This project took over 1-1/2 years to negotiate.

Steven Byers represented the Commission at a dedication ceremony for Kishwaukee Fen Nature Preserve hosted by Ken Fiske and the Village of Lakewood in McHenry County.

Mary Kay Solecki negotiated protection for Lake Sara Flatwoods in Effingham County as Lake Sara Flatwoods Natural Heritage Landmark. Judy Faulkner conducted the initial landowner contact several years ago with the landowner, Effingham Water Authority, and Mary Kay pursued this protection. This area is one of the best remaining examples of a flatwoods in Illinois and is recognized on the INAI (#1434).

Mary Kay also negotiated informal protection for the Mead's Milkweed site (Norfolk & Western Railroad Prairie) in Ford County. The landowner has agreed to protect the high-quality prairie remnant where this plant occurs, but he did not want to enter into a formal agreement at this time. This remnant is recognized on the INAI (#993) and the site is significant because it is the only Illinois location for this plant outside of Saline County.

Mary Kay also assisted IDNR with its recent acquisition of the Peabody Coal tract along the Little Vermilion River in Vermilion County.

Randy Heidorn updated the Commission on Brookville Lutheran Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve. At INPC's 148th Meeting, John Alesandrini presented a request to construct a limited access service road along the edge of, and within the nature preserve for the purpose of safely handling traffic during burial services. At that time, INPC recommended that the Brookville Lutheran Cemetery Association pursue land acquisition of additional property where the road could be constructed. Additional land acquisition was pursued, however that was not successful because the adjacent landowners were not interested in selling their property at this time. Subsequently, John Alesandrini met with IDOT and received assurances from the permit engineers that they would approve a two-entrance approach to this access road. This will allow a much narrower road that can fit within the 14-foot corridor which is allowed in the Rules for Management. INPC is awaiting formal approval of the two-entrance approach. Once written approval is given from IDOT, then INPC staff will approve construction of the corridor for this site.

Randy gave an update on purple loosestrife biocontrol. At the last INPC meeting, Randy talked about the unapproved introductions that had taken place last year. Randy has since spoken to the researchers at the Natural History Survey who coordinated those releases. These scientists will be coming to the February, 1996 meeting to give an update on the progress of this biocontrol effort. The long-term approach that Randy will recommend at that time will be approval for release of a specific species within the nature preserves system. Commission staff could then be authorized to approve the release at specific nature preserves. This will give landowners a certain level of flexibility to plan releases based on what insects become available.

Randy gave an update on INPC master plans. INPC currently has 88 master plans. Of this total, 43 are current, however, Randy has received numerous master plans from IDNR in the last two weeks. He has also received management schedules from the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

Lastly, Randy reported that he has agreed to serve as an advisor, on behalf of INPC, to the Illinois Speleological Society. This is a group that is promoting cave protection throughout the state. They asked INPC to be a formal member and INPC declined, instead INPC has agreed to be an advisor to them. This will allow for exchange of information with a number of people.

Commissioner Farwell presented a plaque to Brian Anderson on behalf of all the INPC commissioners and staff which read: "This token of appreciation is given to Dr. Brian D. Anderson in recognition of his exemplary and dedicated service to the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission as its Director from 1985-1995."

Brian Anderson thanked the Commission for this plaque and stated that it has been a wonderful decade working for the Commission.

Chairman Donnelley presented an Illinois Wilds book to Commissioner Farwell, with a resolution imprinted inside the cover which read: "This book is presented to Francis C. Farwell, II on this 31st day of October, 1995 in recognition of his dedicated service to the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission as Commissioner and Chairman from 1990-1995."

Commissioner Farwell thanked the Commission for making his tenure a wonderful and enjoyable experience for him.

149-6) IDNR Staff Report

Carl Becker gave a status report on the new initiative. Four positions that were identified in the new initiative have been filled or are in the process of being filled.

Carl stated the most challenging portion of the initiative is the contract for services portion. As he reported before, the administrative office of IDNR indicated that this initiative would be forwarded to the Bureau of the Budget. The Governor's Office has approved the initiative but will not provide the headcount. This created a real challenge in order to institute and accomplish the initiative. After a number of discussions, it was agreed that the contractor would be responsible for work equal to five full-time equivalents for landowner contact for the Nature Preserves Commission, and ten full-time equivalents for stewardship services to private landowners who have rare natural heritage resources. He reported that they are now close to the final form of this Request for Proposal and Carl anticipates this will go out for bid within the next 30 days. This is the first contract of its kind with IDNR and Carl believes it has great potential and will ultimately result in more protection and stewardship resources. After the proposals and bids have all been received, the contractor will be selected and the program should soon be up and running.

Carl reported that next year Illinois will host the Natural Areas Conference. It will be held at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. The focus will be on conserving and protecting natural areas in an urban setting. The anticipated attendance for this conference will be in excess of 600.

Finally, Carl reported on the Teaming with Wildlife Initiative. This is an initiative of the 50 State fish and wildlife agencies and the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to create a fund to serve and provide for recreation and education of fish and wildlife resources that are not on federal endangered species lists or hunted and fished. Moneys in the fund will be collected from a user fee attached to certain outdoor recreational products. The goal is to produce $350 million annually nationwide to be allocated to the states. The allocation formula that they utilize is based on area and population. Illinois could receive $13.5 million on an annual basis from this fund. Carl presented a short slide show and asked the Commissioners and others in the audience to write letters in support of this initiative. Slide shows, videos, and brochures are available for marketing this initiative.

Don McFall gave an update on the INAI. The 14th meeting of the Natural Areas Evaluation Committee was held at the Division of Natural Heritage organizational meeting in Champaign, September 21 and 22, 1995. Once a year, a meeting is held to consider additions and deletions to the INAI to keep the document current. At this meeting, 19 areas were added to the INAI and 15 areas were deleted. At this point, there are approximately 1200 sites on the INAI. Category V natural community restoration sites are now being added to the INAI. Staff are also tracking relocated populations of endangered species and those areas are being added to the INAI as Category V sites on a case by case basis as well.

Don reported on the real estate transfer tax and lands that have been protected using those funds. Since the last Commission meeting, two new natural areas were acquired, 51 acres were acquired from a landowner at Franklin Creek State Natural Area in Lee County. In east-central Illinois, 1,043 acres on the Little Vermilion River in Vermilion County were acquired from the Peabody Coal Company. There are five endangered or threatened species of fish or mussels found in the Little Vermilion River. IDNR has now acquired 6,100 acres with the Real Estate Transfer Tax funds.

Don gave a brief update on the Register of Land and Water Reserves. An idea was proposed with the Director to Register all of the remaining natural area inventory sites (approximately 125) that the Department has in its ownership to give those sites legal protection. There is a process within the Department of obtaining a consensus on registering areas. Registering the Department's natural areas was proposed at the local level throughout the state. Don reported that to date, there are only a few natural areas which they will not receive support for registering.

149-7) Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Paul Shelton, Program Manager for the Forest Wildlife Program, in IDNR's Division of Wildlife Resources, offered his services in helping with deer management in Illinois nature preserves. He realizes in recent times that management of deer in nature preserves has become a great concern and he would like to have the opportunity to present the urban deer project role with regulatory agencies and advisory agencies for managing deer in northeastern Illinois.

Chairman Donnelley thanked Mr. Shelton for his comments and asked him to pursue that subject at the next Commission meeting February 6, 1996 in Springfield.

149-8) Memorandum of Understanding Among Chicago Region Biodiversity Council

Brian Anderson explained that this Council began with discussions at Chicago Wilderness meetings organized by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) that ultimately some of the suburban participants at the meetings had concerns with Chicago being such a strong focal point. Consequently, it was decided to change the name to the Chicago Region Biodiversity Initiative and the organizers are asking INPC to sign a memorandum of understanding to become a member of the Chicago Region Biodiversity Council (Council). This initiative essentially covers a six-county greater Chicago metropolitan region. Brian stated that there is a broad range of participants and that there are some prominent Chicago institutions participating, i.e., the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Chicago Zoological Society, and the Field Museum. Brian thinks it is a great opportunity to interact with those organizations and cooperate in this area of mutual interest of preserving the biodiversity of the Chicago region. The Council has an executive committee and Carl Becker is representing IDNR on that committee. The Council proper has representatives, and a tremendous amount of work has already been done by a variety of committees which have been set up. The committees create a very useful forum for discussions on wide ranging topics from marketing to management and land protection. Steven Byers represents INPC on two of those committees. Brian thinks its a great opportunity for interaction of a much broader group of people that INPC hasn't had the opportunity to work with in the past and he recommends approval from the Commission.

It was moved by Adelmann, seconded by Schmitt, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants approval and will appoint a representative from INPC to participate on this Council as described in the proposal presented under Item 8 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1287)

149-9) Heron Pond/Little Black Slough Nature Preserve Erosion Control Project: Status Report

At INPC's 148th Meeting, Randy was asked to present quarterly updates on this project. Over the last quarter, IDNR's Office of Water Resources (OWR) has been collecting data and has surveyed and mapped the entire site. Transects were placed across the stream and into the swamp itself. The purpose is to quantify how quickly erosion is taking place and construct a model of the flow of the river and of erosion. Using the survey information, the computer model will be created and tested with various erosion control structures to determine which one would be the best for the site.

The only specific management action that has taken place since the last meeting is that IDNR personnel were authorized to collapse a section of the bank and rebuild it to prevent erosion. At this location, piping had eroded 15 feet back from the river and the area was in danger of uncontrolled collapse.

149-10) Proposal to Construct a Low Water Crossing Within Beall Woods Nature Preserve

Randy Heidorn and Bill McClain presented a proposal on behalf of IDNR to construct a low water crossing on Coffee Creek within Beall Woods Nature Preserve. The low water crossing will replace a washed out bridge in this location and give IDNR personnel access for management. This crossing is also used by an oil company to access oil wells that are within the nature preserve. The oil company owns a 66-foot wide easement through the nature preserve and across the creek that allows them to maintain this access. The easement was granted by previous owners prior to dedication. Construction of this crossing will require the translocation of six clumps of the state endangered blood leaf (Iresine rhizomotosa). This translocation can occur without significant negative impact to the population of this plant.

Commissioner Adelmann asked if there would be any impacts on the other side once it is installed. Bill McClain replied that there would only be minimal impacts. Randy Heidorn stated that the upslopes are roughly the same grade and the grade is not being changed at all.

Commissioner Farwell asked if there was any thought of sharing the costs with the oil company. Bill stated he did not know of this, but stated that this has been designed and is proposed to be constructed by IDNR. Randy said that this has been a project that IDNR has been working on with the oil company over a number of years. Maintenance of the 66-foot wide easement owned by the oil company would impact a much larger amount of preserve. To Randy's knowledge there has been no coordination to solicit contributions from the oil company. This is a Capital Development Board project and the project has gone out for bids with a provision that the contract not be let until all approvals have been given.

Commissioner Spale asked if anyone from IDNR will be at the site during construction. Randy stated that IDNR met with all of the contractors that bid on this project and informed them of the endangered species and how important it is to make sure that workers are very sensitive to any type of movement outside of the designated area. The contractors were very understanding and will work very closely with the District Heritage Biologist, Terry Esker and the site personnel.

Chairman Donnelley asked about high water and the period of time during which the oil wells are not accessible. Randy responded that a majority of the time they are accessible. The road to the oil wells is very steep, itself. Bill responded that it would depend upon the amount of rain in the spring. During spring floods, the wells may be inaccessible for 1-2 months.

It was moved by Schmitt, seconded by Farwell, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants approval for the construction of a low water crossing within Beall Woods Nature Preserve in Wabash County as described in the proposal presented under Item 10 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1288)

149-11) Proposal to Restore Hydrology to Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve

Marcy DeMauro presented a proposal on behalf of the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore the historic drainage patterns within Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve. It is hoped that this restoration will result in restored habitat for the federally endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana), re-establish sheet flow of water eastward through the nature preserve, and reduce impoundment of water in seep areas. This work is to be completed as a mitigation project for the proposed extension of I-355 to I-80. Plans for the project are only conceptual, but include removal or modification of berms and ditching, and installation of culverts under EJ&E Railroad line north and south of Division Street.

Commissioner Adelmann stated that he is a native of Lockport, and knew the prairie before it was protected, and he has seen the positive transformation of this prairie. He commended Marcy DeMauro and the Will County Forest Preserve District for their work on this prairie.

It was moved by Schmitt, seconded by Pierce, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants approval of the conceptual plan for the restoration of hydrology of Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve in Will County as described in the proposal presented under Item 11 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1289)

149-15) This item was moved up in the Agenda at the request of INPC staff with approval of the Commission. Madison County -- Toadwood Scrubs, Dedication

Judy Faulkner presented a proposal for preliminary approval of Toadwood Scrubs Nature Preserve. Judy introduced John and Kay Kendall, owners of Toadwood Scrubs, who reside just east of the proposed nature preserve. Toadwood Scrubs contains approximately 5 acres, primarily consisting of wet-mesic floodplain forest, near Cahokia Creek in Madison County, Illinois. The Kendalls have shared their interest in nature with others by leading small groups on hikes through Toadwood Scrubs. The Kendall property lies adjacent to Bohm Woods, an INAI site containing two nature preserves. Although Toadwood Scrubs is not a part of the Bohm Woods Inventory site, it is ecologically and hydrologically connected to Bohm Woods, and thus, as a dedicated nature preserve, would provide a significant addition to the preserved acreage of the area. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that the proposed Toadwood Scrubs Nature Preserve be dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve.

Commissioner Farwell added that this dedication is very generous and thanked the Kendalls on behalf of the Commission.

It was moved by Spale, seconded by Pierce, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants preliminary approval for dedication of Toadwood Scrubs in Madison County, as a nature preserve, as described in the proposal presented under Item 15 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1290)

149-12) Proposal for the INPC to Join a Northeastern Illinois Land and White-tailed Deer Management Consortium

Randy Heidorn reported that a number of Northeastern Illinois land owning and/or land management agencies are proposing to form a consortium that will focus on the management of deer populations within Northeastern Illinois. The consortium will allow the pooling of expertise, as well as educational and political resources to address this growing problem. It is proposed that each member agency appoint a Commissioner and staff professional to the consortium.

Chairman Donnelley stated that he was a member of the Lake County Wildlife Advisory Committee and that this is not as clear cut an issue as it appears to be. He stated that this is really an emotional subject, and is a classic example where the perception of what is being done has to match the reality and if there is any variance from that, the system won't work. Chairman Donnelley endorses that INPC become an active player in this and that it is done so with the understanding that the goals are set up at the first meeting of the committee. Chairman Donnelley would also like to see all sides of the issue represented. There are all kinds of different ideas on how to resolve this deer population problem including capture and release in other locations, contraceptives or other experimental techniques, but he believes the best and most humane method, is utilizing sharp-shooters once the area of greatest impact by deer is determined.

It was moved by Adelmann, seconded by Spale, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants approval for INPC to join the Northeastern Illinois Land and White-tailed Deer Management Consortium with Chairman Donnelley and Randy Heidorn representing INPC, as described in the proposal presented under Item 12 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting, with the condition that the goals outlined in Item 12 be abandoned and that new goals be formulated by the Consortium members.

(Resolution 1291)

149-13) Berryville Shale Glade Nature Preserve Management and Visitor Access Project

Randy Heidorn and Bill McClain presented a proposal on behalf of IDNR to reroute an intermittent stream to prevent erosion of a county road. Bill reported that there is an approximately 60-80 foot linear stream segment that is proposed for realignment. The county highway department came to IDNR complaining that this intermittent stream was causing the road bank to erode. They can't correct this problem without IDNR's involvement. IDNR believes that they can accomplish this realignment in a more environmentally sensitive manner, particularly because Andrew West works with IDNR and was once a district heritage biologist. He will provide a lot of supervision and attention to the project. This is occurring within the dedicated buffer of the nature preserve in an area that IDNR is currently trying to restore.

It was moved by Schmitt, seconded by Pierce, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants approval for rerouting an intermittent stream which is located in dedicated buffer of Berryville Shale Glade Nature Preserve in Union County as described in the proposal presented under Item 13 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1292)

149-14) Cook County -- Addition of Nature Preserve Buffer for Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Steven Byers presented a proposal, on behalf of Save the Prairie Society, to dedicate 3.75 acres as nature preserve buffer to Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve. Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve was included on the INAI (#50) in recognition of the high-quality mesic prairie at that location. Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve has also been identified as the largest and best quality "black soil" prairie located east of the Mississippi River. Presently, over 400 plant species have been recorded from the prairie. Dedication of this 3.75-acre tract as nature preserve buffer will help protect the 80-acre nature preserve from incompatible land uses along its western border, further protect the watershed in which Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve is located, and reduce the effects of fragmentation by maintaining existing landscape linkages.

It was moved by Spasovich, seconded by Pierce, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants preliminary approval for dedication of an addition to Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve in Cook County as described in the proposal presented under Item 14 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1293)

Commissioner Spale abstained from the vote.

149-16) Winnebago County -- Addition to Harlem Hills Nature Preserve, Dedication

John Alesandrini presented a proposal for preliminary approval for the Dr. Barbara Mae Atwood Tract as an addition to Harlem Hills Nature Preserve. Harlem Hills Nature Preserve is located in Winnebago County, and is a 52.4-acre dry-mesic gravel prairie that was dedicated as an Illinois nature preserve in 1973. Dr. Barbara Atwood owns a 1.8-acre tract that is adjacent to the nature preserve and is an extension of the dry-mesic gravel prairie. It is Dr. Atwood's desire to protect her 1.8-acre remnant as a privately owned "addition" to the IDNR-owned Harlem Hills Nature Preserve -- to be identified as the Dr. Barbara Mae Atwood Tract at Harlem Hills -- and further, to approve the continuance of IDNR stewardship of her prairie remnant as an integral and connected part of the nature preserve.

It was moved by Spale, seconded by Farwell, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants preliminary approval for dedication of the Dr. Barbara Mae Atwood Tract as an addition to Harlem Hills Nature Preserve in Winnebago County as described in the proposal presented under Item 16 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1294)

149-17) Cook County -- Palatine Prairie, Dedication

Steven Byers presented a 2.5-acre parcel for final approval for dedication as Palatine Prairie Nature Preserve, on behalf of the Palatine Park District. Palatine Prairie was included on the INAI (#856) because of the presence of the state-endangered White Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium candidum). The proposed nature preserve supports over 100 native plant species arrayed over five natural plant communities that are associated along moisture and soil gradients. These subtle moisture and soil gradients typify the "swell and swale" topography of the Morainal Section of the Morainal Division of northeastern Illinois. INPC granted preliminary approval for dedication of 7.5 acres of Palatine Prairie at its 148th Meeting (Resolution 1282). The balance of Palatine Prairie is owned by the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

It was moved by Schmitt, seconded by Adelmann, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants final approval for dedication of a 2.5-acre parcel owned by the Palatine Park District, as Palatine Prairie Nature Preserve, in Cook County, as described in the proposal presented under Item 17 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1295)

149-18) Cook County -- Palatine Prairie, Dedication

Steven Byers presented a 5-acre parcel for final approval for dedication as Palatine Prairie Nature Preserve, on behalf of the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Palatine Prairie was included on the INAI (#856) because of the presence of the state-endangered White Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium candidum). The proposed nature preserve supports over 100 native plant species arrayed over five natural plant communities that are associated along moisture and soil gradients. These subtle moisture and soil gradients typify the "swell and swale" topography of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Division of Illinois. INPC granted preliminary approval for dedication of 7.5 acres of Palatine Prairie at its 148th Meeting (Resolution 1282). The balance of Palatine Prairie is owned by the Palatine Park District.

It was moved by Schmitt, seconded by Farwell, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants final approval for dedication of a 5-acre parcel owned by the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, as Palatine Prairie Nature Preserve, in Cook County, as described in the proposal presented under Item 18 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1296)

149-19) Lake County -- Addition of Buffer to Skokie River Nature Preserve, Dedication

Steven Byers presented a proposal for final approval to dedicate 12.5 acres as nature preserve buffer to Skokie River Nature Preserve, on behalf of owners, Andrew and Betty Rosenfield. Dedication of this tract as nature preserve buffer is consistent with the recommendations of the proposal for dedication of Skokie River Nature Preserve adopted by INPC at its 134th Meeting (Resolution 1106). That proposal called for linkages between the high-quality portions of the preserve to be "expanded through dedication of adjacent lands as buffer and improved by natural community restoration." To date, dedication of privately-owned land by five owners has increased the size of Skokie River Nature Preserve from 100 acres to 113.5 acres. This proposed addition as nature preserve buffer represents the sixth such dedication and increases the size of Skokie River Nature Preserve from 113.5 to 125 acres. The proposed addition was granted preliminary approval for dedication at the Commission's 148th Meeting (Resolution 1283).

Carolyn stated that the landowners were concerned that should there be a repeal of the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, the protection of this property may no longer exist. Therefore, the owners wanted to reference something in the dedication document about existing easements to ensure that the easements were not nullified. Carolyn further stated that the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act has a provision in it which says "if an easement exists prior to dedication, it is supplemental thereto" which means there is no impact on the easement itself by dedicating a property. They do co-exist and Carolyn didn't feel it was a problem if the owners wanted to add this statement to the Instrument of Dedication.

It was moved by Schmitt, seconded by Adelmann, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants final approval for dedication of an addition of buffer to Skokie River Nature Preserve, in Lake County, as described in the proposal presented under Item 19 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1297)

Commissioner Farwell abstained from the vote.

149-20) Ogle County -- Heeren Prairie, Dedication

John Alesandrini presented a proposal for final approval to dedicate 1.9 acres as Heeren Prairie Nature Preserve on behalf of the owner, Mr. Arnold Heeren. Since 1983, Heeren Prairie, located in Ogle County, has been an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark. The site is a dry dolomite prairie remnant that was described by the INAI as 1.1 acres of Grade A and 1.1 acres of Grade B and C (INAI #89). As with all high quality prairie remnants, this tract, which is located in the Freeport Section of the Rock River Hill Country Division, is of value to the Nature Preserves System because of its rarity. Preliminary approval for dedication of Heeren Prairie was granted at the Commission's 147th Meeting, August 1, 1995 (Resolution 1273).

It was moved by Farwell, seconded by Spale, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants final approval for dedication of Heeren Prairie Nature Preserve in Cook County as described in the proposal presented under Item 20 of the Agenda for the 149th Meeting.

(Resolution 1298)

149-21) Other Business

149-22) Adjournment

It was moved by Schmitt, seconded by Spasovich, and unanimously approved to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 12:20 p.m.