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