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Conservation Congress

About 150 constituents who care about public access to lands for recreation, getting youth involved with nature, and conservation funding, attended the April 13, 2010 at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Headquarters, Springfield, IL (with an evening reception at the Governor's Mansion, hosted by the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus).

Governor Quinn joined participants at the Mansion, and signed Executive Order 2010-07 which calls on the Department, in cooperation with Conservation Congress participants, to:

  • Develop proposals for funding clean water, land acquisition, and operations of the Department by March 1, 2011;
  • Create programs to increase public recreational access; and
  • Work with the State Board of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce and Economic Opportunity to update and adopt the Environmental Literacy for Illinois plan by December 31, 2010.

The morning featured presentations by IDNR and partner organizations about progress on the top Congress recommendations and how you can participate. Afternoon work groups addressed them in more detail. Presentations, and notes from the afternoon sessions, are listed below.


Process and goals


IDNR Budget Overview

Partners for Parks and Wildlife: dedicated funding

Trust for Public Land National Conservation Finance Program

The Nature Conservancy - Minnesota dedicated funding

The Nature Conservancy - Options for Illinois

Notes are here


Openlands on Landowner Liability Legislation

IDNR Proposals for Access Programs

Hunter Heritage program proposals

Notes are here


IL State Board of Education and IDNR, Environmental Literacy for Illinois Plan

IDNR Marketing proposals

Chicago Wilderness Leave No Child Inside

Conservation Congress Links

Message From Director
Policy Areas:
  Youth Recruitment and   Retention
  Access to Private Lands
  Conservation Funding
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The mission of the Illinois Conservation Congress is to propose and advocate actions that can be taken by elected and appointed officials to protect and conserve the natural resources of the State of Illinois, and ensure through professional management that sustainable use, recreational opportunities and enjoyment of these resources is available for this and future generations.
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