Minutes 153rd Meeting

ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
October 29, 1996

INDEX

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

Fayette Co. -- Ramsey Railroad Prairie, Dedication........ 7

Lake Co. -- Additions of Nature Preserve Buffer the Wauconda
Bog Nature Preserve, Dedication..... 8

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

Cook Co. -- Orienteering within Illinois Nature Preserves.. 10

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

DuPage Co. -- Proposal to Construct a Regional Trail within
Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve...12

Kane Co. -- Proposal to Modify Surface Drainage Entering
Trout Park Nature Preserve....13

COMMISSION AFFAIRS

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

Approval of Minutes of 152nd Meeting, August 6, 1996..3

1997 Meeting Schedule.. 4

INPC Staff Report.. 5

IDNR Staff Report.... 6

Public Comment Period......14

Other Business.......15

Adjournment..........16

ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION

MINUTES OF 153RD MEETING
(subject to approval of Commission at 154th Meeting)
Funks Grove Chapel
Funks Grove, Illinois
Tuesday, October 29, 1996 -- 10:18 a.m.

153-1) Call to order, Roll Call and Introduction of Attendees

At 10:18 a.m., pursuant to the Call to Order of Chairman Donnelley, the meeting began.

Members present: Gerald Adelmann, Thomas Donnelley II, Guy Fraker, Victoria Ranney, and Michael Schneiderman.

Members absent: Francis Farwell II, Don Pierce, and John Schmitt.

Others present: John Alesandrini, Loretta Arient, Steven Byers, Bob Edgin, Judy Faulkner, Carolyn Grosboll, Randy Heidorn, Tom Lerczak, Don McFall, Tammie McKay, Patti Malmborg, Angella Moorehouse, Debbie Scott Newman, Brian Reilly, Mary Kay Solecki, and Karen Tish , Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC); Carl Becker, Mark Guetersloh, Shannon Horn, and John Schwegman, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Heritage; Jim Herkert, Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board (ESPB); Max Hutchison, Jim McMahon, Cynthia Olmstead, Michael Reuter, Mike Retzer, and Diane Rudin, The Nature Conservancy (TNC); Susan Dees, George Rose, Amy Spies, and Barb Traeger, Illinois Department of Transportation, Design & Environment; Joe Evers, City of Elgin; John Bouseman and Ken Robertson, Illinois Natural History Survey; John White , Ecological Services; David Monk, Educational Resources in Environmental Sciences; Marilyn Campbell, INPC Consultant, Neil McDermott and Vivian McDermott, Illinois Audubon Society; Ed Stirling, Natural Land Institute; Gretchen Bonfert, Green Strategies; Albert Rouffa, University of Illinois, Chicago; and Gordon L. Goodman, Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance.

153-2) Adoption of Agenda

Carolyn Grosboll proposed that an amendment be made to Item 4 of the Agenda, the 1997 Meeting Schedule, adding as the action to be considered by the Commission, that the meeting schedule be approved.

It was moved by Adelmann, seconded by Fraker, and carried to approve the Agenda, as amended, for the 153rd Meeting.

153-3) Approval of Minutes of 152nd Meeting, August 6, 1996

It was moved by Fraker, seconded by Adelmann, and carried that the minutes of the 152nd Meeting be approved as written.

153-4) 1997 Meeting Schedule

Chairman Donnelley presented the 1997 meeting schedule as follows:

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

In considering the 1997 Meeting Schedule, Commissioner Schneiderman questioned why the meetings are held in areas other than Chicago and Springfield. Commissioner Schneiderman's concerns were with regard to travel time and costs. Carolyn explained that it is an opportunity for everyone to visit the various sites to observe them. Commissioner Adelmann also stated that it gives citizens in southern Illinois as well as northern Illinois who care about nature preserves, a chance to attend the meetings.

Chairman Donnelley added that it is also an opportunity for the Commissioners to view the various nature preserves and areas for which the Commission is responsible.

Chairman Donnelley suggested that Carolyn and the staff investigate tours for future meetings when they are held at nature preserve sites.

Commissioner Schneiderman also mentioned that the time and place of the meetings were not seen in any publications. Carolyn said that the meeting schedule was published in the state newspaper, the Edwardsville Inteligencer, which is the legal paper for the year. The schedule is also published in Outdoor Illinois, which is a magazine published by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

It was moved by Adelmann, seconded by Fraker, and carried to approve the 1997 Meeting Schedule. (Schneiderman voted no).

Chairman Donnelley announced the resignation of Commissioner Judith Spasovich. Judith, whose term expired in June 1995, wrote a letter of resignation due to family and community commitments.

Chairman Donnelley, on behalf of the Commission, noted his appreciation to Judith Spasovich for her time and service as a Commissioner of the Nature Preserves Commission.

153-5) INPC Staff Report

Three new staff members, who began working for INPC on August 16, 1996, were introduced by Don McFall. Debbie Scott Newman will cover 13 counties in southwestern Illinois (Area 7) including the metro east area, the forests and wetlands of the Kaskaskia River and the cave and sinkhole area of Monroe County. Debbie has a B.S. in Zoology from Western Illinois University. She has been the editor of the Illinois Audubon Society's quarterly magazine for the past six years and worked with IDNR's Division of Wildlife Resources as a Private Lands Biologist for eight years. Her office is in Coulterville.

Bob Edgin will cover 15 counties in southeastern Illinois (Area 8) including the southern till plain prairies and flatwoods and the forest and wetlands along the Wabash River. Bob has a B. S. in Botany and is completing his Masters degree in Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He was formerly a Resident with IDNR's Division of Natural Heritage. His office is in Fairfield.

Patti Malmborg is the Commission's Northeastern Illinois Threats Coordinator. Patti has a B. S. and an M. S. in Biology from the University of Illinois. She worked with the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) as an Associate Research Scientist before coming to the Commission. Her office is in East Dundee. Patti will be working on threats to nature preserves and natural areas in Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, and DuPage Counties.

On September 1, 1996, Tom Lerczak joined the Commission staff. He will cover 16 counties in central Illinois (Area 5) including the Mason County sand prairies and the wetlands and forests along the Illinois River. Tom has a B.S. and Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Southern Illinois University. Tom worked with INHS as an Assistant Research Scientist before coming to the Commission. His office is located at the Mason State Tree Nursery near Havana.

Loretta Arient began work with the Commission on September 1, 1996 as an Office Associate located at Moraine Hills State Park. She is the secretary to Steven Byers who works in northeastern Illinois where there is the biggest work load. Loretta previously worked with IDNR's Divisions of Forest Resources and Land Management.

Don McFall passed out a map showing the new employees' addresses, phone numbers, and the areas they cover.

McFall reported that staff had been busy since the prior Commission meeting training and equipping the new employees. An orientation meeting was held at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery with the Division of Natural Heritage in October. The entire field staff along with Grosboll, Heidorn, and McFall attended the 23rd Annual Natural Areas Conference held in St. Charles on October 23-26. INPC was one of the conference's 31 sponsors. More than 800 people attended including many of the nature preserve landowners and stewards. Commissioner Ranney was a speaker at the plenary session. Steven Byers, Bob Edgin and Randy Heidorn presented papers. Judy Faulkner moderated round table sessions on landowner contact and equestrian use in natural areas. John Alesandrini, Mary Kay Solecki and Steven Byers were panelists on Faulkner's landowner contact round table. McFall also reported that the staff would be involved in prescribed burning during the fall, weather permitting.

McFall gave an update on the equestrian use issue in natural areas on the Shawnee National Forest. Don mentioned that citizens at INPC's May meeting (151st) were concerned that no action had been taken on the closure of trails to equestrian use in the natural areas. The staff's understanding at that time was that the U. S. Forest Service was in the process of issuing closure orders for 40 of the 83 natural areas on the Shawnee National Forest. To date, nothing has been done. The Commission recommended that a letter be sent to Louise Odegaard and copied to Congressman Poshard and Regional Forester Robert Jacobs and Under Secretary Jim Lyons of the

U. S. Forest Service urging that these areas be closed to equestrian use. It was noted that Congressman Poshard has previously taken great interest in the equestrian issue. Poshard was responsible for getting equestrian users and environmentalists together to identify areas that could be closed to equestrian use.

A motion was made by Adelmann, seconded by Fraker, and carried directing staff to write a letter to Forest Supervisor Odegaard, with copies to Poshard, Jacobs and Lyons urging the U. S. Forest Service to expedite the closure process of 40 natural areas on the Shawnee and to begin an evaluation of the likelihood of closing the remaining 43 natural areas to equestrian use.

(Resolution 1330)

McFall reported that Ken Fiske, INPC consultant, and Steven Byers have been working with the City of McHenry, the McHenry County Department of Transportation, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine protection strategies for Wheeler Fen located in McHenry, Illinois. Staff of INPC have pledged to continue to work with all parties to protect this fen and to bring preservation options to one of the 1997 Commission meetings. Byers asked that the endorsement to continue the work be made a motion of record.

It was moved by Adelmann, seconded by Ranney, and carried to endorse the work with the City of McHenry, the McHenry County Department of Transportation, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine protection strategies for Wheeler Fen located in McHenry, Illinois.

(Resolution 1331)

McFall reported on the Commission's efforts to protect savannas as requested at INPC's last meeting (152nd). In Illinois, there are two major types of savannas remaining: sand savannas and silt loam savannas. A number of sand savannas have survived in Illinois including several large ones such as Illinois Beach, Sand Prairie- Scrub Oak, Braidwood Dunes and Savanna, and Hooper Branch Savanna. All other types of savannas are quite rare, including Roberts Cemetery Savanna, Fairchild Cemetery Savanna, and Argyle Hollow Barrens. Almost none of the high quality savannas remain. Commission staff are now working to protect, manage, and restore these areas which are known as grade C. They may be damaged, but they are the best available. Some of those areas will be nominated for Illinois Natural Areas Inventory sites, which is the first step toward protection and management. At least one high quality area was discovered after the original Natural Areas Inventory. That is, Middle Fork Savanna in Lake County. Staff are now working on the protection of Geissler Savanna in west-central Illinois. With restoration, management and protection, the savanna natural community will remain part of the Illinois landscape.

Randy Heidorn introduced Barbara Ver Steeg (in absentia), the new Project Manager for the Commission, explaining that Barbara was absent (on maternity leave) after having given birth to her second son. Barbara will be assisting Randy with Stewardship activities.

Heidorn reported there were 143 completed Master Plans for nature preserves; 81 are considered up to date. Two hundred thirty-six special-use permits were issued during 1996. Permits for 1997 are being issued. The permits are required for research or other activities in nature preserves.

Heidorn reported that he had walked the trails at Sentinel Nature Preserve in northwestern Illinois where the Commission had approved rock climbing last year. Climbers had constructed kiosks and other people- control items. It looks as though the climbers are building a very good relationship with the manager of the site. The original proposal to climb included the rerouting of some of the trails. Heidorn met with IDNR land managers to help them in their development of the revised trail system. The plan should be completed by Spring.

Heidorn also reported on visiting the trail system at Heron Pond/Little Black Slough. The building of a low water crossing to replace an old road crossing just upstream from Heron Pond was authorized in the master plan for this site. The work was completed by the site staff. This crossing will allow building of a trail on the north side of the river.

Planning continues on the hydrologic restoration of Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve in Will County. The Commission previously authorized a management program that allowed water that is currently being impounded by the Commonwealth Edison Railroad track to flow into the nature preserve. This will be accomplished by a number of structures designed to collect the water and discharge it to form a sheet-like flow. This project is part of the wetland mitigation for the Toll Highway Authority's southern extension of I-355.

Another recent concern at Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve is the upgrading of the railroad, including replacing ties by the Commonwealth Edison. The nature preserve provides habitat for the Hine's emerald dragonfly, a federal endangered species. Several agencies expressed concerns that creosote from new ties could contaminate the wetland and impact larval habitat for this species. After discussions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, IDNR and Will County Forest Preserve District, Commonwealth Edison has agreed to use steel ties in the area. This is an innovative approach to address this issue.

Heidorn reported the Commission is now working itself into cyberspace with a home-page on the World-Wide Web under development. The home-page will have information on the Commissioners, nature preserves, minutes, and agendas for meetings and land management information. Persons visiting the site will be able to send messages to Commissioners. This mail will be directed to Carolyn Grosboll's e-mail address.

Carolyn Grosboll reported that she had talked with the Governor's office regarding Commission appointments and that appointments replacing Commissioners Adelmann, Farwell, and Spasovich will probably be made within the year.

Carolyn also mentioned that she had maps for the Commissioners of the trails in Illinois which was put together by Rails to Trails Conservancy, in cooperation with IDNR.

Chairman Donnelley asked Randy Heidorn to give an update on the number of dedicated nature preserves in Illinois now and how that compares to the rest of the country. Heidorn reported that there are 261 dedicated nature preserves in Illinois, totaling over 35,000 acres of land. There are approximately 165 different landowners. Carolyn Grosboll added that the Council of State Legislators conducted a survey and determined that 12 states have nature preserve systems. The total number of nature preserves nationally is over 700. Chairman Donnelley commented on how significant it was that Illinois had 261 of the 700 nature preserves nationally.

153-6) IDNR Staff Report

Carl Becker introduced two new district heritage biologists. Shannon Horn is temporarily located at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie but represents District 12, which is the Bloomington area. Mark Guetersloh is located at Ullin, Illinois, and represents District 26.

Carl reported on two natural areas that were optioned by IDNR since the last Commission meeting. Mitchells Grove in LaSalle County is an oak-hickory forest along Tomahawk Creek. There are high cliffs and rock outcrops along the creek as it passes through the grove. These cliffs support rare plants such as white pine and white cedar. The landowner is donating about 155 acres of the tract to the IDNR and the IDNR is acquiring an additional 43 acres for a total of 198 acres.

Carl reported that a five-acre addition to the Elton Fawks Eagle Refuge in Rock Island County has been optioned by the IDNR. The Elton Fawks Eagle Refuge contains one of the most important bald eagle wintering roosts in Illinois. The preserve has been assembled and enlarged for many years and is now more than 220 acres in size.

Carl reported that last week, Governor Edgar announced the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grants for the year. The Will County Forest Preserve District received a $100,000 grant to acquire a 40-acre addition to Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve. The proposed addition is directly adjacent to the existing nature preserve and will help round out and buffer the preserve.

In what may be a first, the Village of Lincolnshire in Lake County was awarded a $44,500 "development" grant to restore and provide remedial stewardship for a dedicated nature preserve. The grant will be used to clear brush, conduct prescribed burns, and post signs at the Florsheim Park Nature Preserve.

INPC and the Illinois Division of Natural Heritage (IDNH) staff attended the 23rd Annual Natural Areas Conference held in St. Charles, October 23-26. INPC and IDNH were two of the 31 sponsors of the conference along with many landowners and stewards. Carl stated that the conference was an outstanding success. The plans for 500 attendees fell short of the actual 928 attending. The attendees were from all over the United States and some foreign countries. Commissioner Adelmann commended Carl Becker and his staff for all their work in putting together the conference.

153-7) Fayette Co. -- Ramsey Railroad Prairie, Dedication

Judy Faulkner presented a proposal for preliminary approval for dedication of Ramsey Railroad Prairie as an Illinois nature preserve. This 11.26 acre tract is a dry mesic and mesic prairie owned by IDNR. 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 IDNR in 1990.

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

The Commission grants preliminary approval for dedication of Ramsey Railroad Prairie as a nature preserve, as described in the proposal presented under Item 7 of the Agenda for the 153rd Meeting.

(Resolution 1332)

153-8) Lake County -- Additions of Nature Preserve Buffer to Wauconda Bog Nature Preserve, Dedication

Steven Byers presented a proposal for preliminary approval for dedication of four separate tracts, totaling approximately 4.6 acres 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 and Teresa Tyde

(3 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 IDNR, 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.

It was moved by Schneiderman, seconded by Ranney, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission grants preliminary approval for dedication of four separate tracts, totaling approximately 4.6 acres as additions of buffer to Wauconda Bog Nature Preserve, as described in the proposal presented under Item 8 of the Agenda for the 153rd Meeting.

(Resolution 1333)

153-9) Kane Co. -- Brewster Creek Fen, Dedication

On behalf of Thomas and Charlene Pettey, Steven Byers presented a proposal for final approval for dedication of Brewster Creek Fen as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Byers noted that the correct acreage is 7.27 acres, not 9 acres, as shown in the agenda. The 7.27 acres follow the Plat of Land as provided by the landowner. It also provides for the minimum lot sizes of four acres. 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).

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

The Commission grants final approval for dedication of 7.27 acres as Brewster Creek Fen Nature Preserve with access to a telephone box and cable for the landowner, as presented under Item 9 of the Agenda for the 153rd Meeting.

(Resolution 1334)

153-10) Cook Co. -- 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 comments from persons expressing concern over this issue and its potential impact to the future of protecting dedicated nature preserves.

After concerns were expressed by many, it was decided to halt the issuance of permits for the activity in nature preserves until it could be reexamined by the Commission. Randy Heidorn prepared a white paper on the subject of orienteering since the last meeting. The white paper reviewed the history of recreational development in the nature preserve system. The paper pointed out that there was still considerable concern on potential negative impacts of orienteering. Also, a major concern was that a precedent might be set by allowing a purely recreational activity within a nature preserve. It was felt that some nature preserves might be able to handle the activity and some would not. Another major concern was the blurring of the difference between nature preserves and other open space. The maintenance of the natural areas is of utmost importance in nature preserves. Based on the white paper, staff recommends that the Commission reconsider Resolution #1329 made at the last meeting concerning orienteering in nature preserves.

Chairman Donnelley commended Heidorn for the paper and consideration which went into its writing. He also asked for a vote on the staff's advice.

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

The Commission accepts the staff's recommendation to rescind Resolution #1329.

(Resolution 1335)

(Commissioner Schneiderman abstained from voting and Commissioner Fraker voted no.)

153-11) Johnson Co. -- Heron Pond/Little Black Slough Nature Preserve : Proposal to Protect Heron Pond from Drainage

Randy Heidorn reported that 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.

Mel Allison of IDNR's Office of Water Resources showed slides of the Heron Pond area and the proposed locations for the restoration project. Allison explained that the natural levee between the Cache River and Heron Pond is being lost. It is feared that Heron Pond might be drained when the bank is completely eroded. He further explained that his charge was to review the problem and make suggestions on how the problem could be addressed in order to protect this natural feature.

Allison explained that in some parts of the bank the distance between Heron Pond and the Cache River is only 15 feet. The natural levee between Heron Pond and the Cache River is weakened by continuous groundwater seepage through this levee. Crayfish and other animal burrows along with tree roots have also created paths for water to drain through the levee. With these conditions, failure of this natural levee is likely. The goal of any solution to this problem is to prevent the loss of water from Heron Pond.

Allison recommended stabilizing the embankment by installing gabions with filter cloth in the narrow critical area between the river and Heron Pond. The gabions (wire baskets filled with rock) would allow the water to pass, but the filter would not allow soil to wash through.

Chairman Donnelley reported on the Commission's opportunity to view the situation by touring this site before the 152nd meeting at Giant City Lodge in August, 1996.

Heidorn explained that although this is a "fix-it" for the immediate problem, it will not solve the long-term problems in the Cache basin. Heidorn stated that some of the local partners have expressed concern that this plan only addressed a portion of the total problem and that larger issues involving the river still need to be addressed. A discussion ensued. It was suggested that a study needs to be done of the entire Cache River to address the erosion and entrenchment problems associated with man-made changes to the hydrology of the Cache River. Chairman Donnelley suggested that staff should write a letter to IDNR urging them to participate in a broader study and to report back to the Commission at its October, 1997 meeting on its progress.

It was moved by Fraker, seconded by Schneiderman, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The Commission approves the adoption of the proposal for the use of gabions along the approximately 500-foot described area at Heron Pond as a short-term solution and directed staff to write a letter to IDNR urging them to broaden their study of the Cache River basin to look for a long term solution to the erosion and entrenchment problems associated with the man-made changes to the hydrology of the Cache River and to report back in October of 1997.

(Resolution 1336)

Michael Reuter of The Nature Conservancy commented briefly on the situation. He expressed support for the short term solution and the desire for a long term solution.

153-12) DuPage County -- Proposal to Construct a Regional Trail within Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve

Randy Heidorn and Steven Byers gave a report on the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's request 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-foot wide crushed limestone base and includes equestrian, bicycle, cross country skiing, and pedestrian traffic. At the time of preliminary approval for dedication (136th meeting), local trails designed 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).

Heidorn distributed a report to the Commissioners showing details of the trails. The staff has concerns with the proposed width of the interior trails. It was agreed that the matter would be turned back to the staff to work out a reasonable solution with the landowner. The staff will present a full report at a later meeting.

153-13) Kane County: Proposal to Modify Surface Drainage Entering Trout Park Nature Preserve

Randy Heidorn introduced Joe Evers, an engineer with the City of Elgin. Mr. Evers presented the City of Elgin's special assessment project that upgrades the storm water management in the area near Trout Park Nature Preserve. Trout Park Nature Preserve currently has a 10-acre watershed that drains 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 restriction 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. Discussions with City of Elgin staff have indicated that other options exist, but might be more expensive or have impacts to private property in the region.

It was moved by Ranney, seconded by Fraker, and carried that the following resolution be adopted:

The request to modify surface drainage into Trout Park Nature Preserve as described in item 13 of the Agenda is denied since suitable alternatives exist.

(Resolution 1337)

153-14 Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Dave Monk of Educational Resources in Environmental Sciences spoke of trying to purchase 200 acres in the Danville/Urbana area; a fairly large area of natural historic value along the Conrail Railroad line. One option suggested was to preserve it as a nature trail, not necessarily as a bicycle trail. If that should happen, it would be about a 100-mile trail. The price would be about $200,000. The Conrail line is taking up the tracks now but not insisting on complete payment at this time.

Gordon Goodman distributed some brochures and made some comments about Pierce Downers Heritage Alliance and the Lyman Woods area. He explained that the brochure described the funds received to purchase the area and also includes a map showing the Lyman Woods area. Mr. Goodman continued to ask for the support of the Commission in obtaining the monies sufficient to purchase lands in Downers Grove for the express purpose of preserving them.

153-15) Other Business

Carl Becker announced the retirement of John Schwegman which will be effective December 31, 1996. Becker said Schwegman was instrumental in forming the IDNR's Natural Areas program and that he worked with the Nature Preserves Commission. Carl mentioned that John also spearheaded the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory study. Becker stated that Schwegman's accomplishments "just go on and on." Chairman Donnelley congratulated Schwegman and invited him to the meetings for as long as he might wish to attend them.

153-16) Adjournment

It was moved by Ranney, seconded by Adelmann, and unanimously agreed to adjourn the meeting at 1:15 p.m.