Ecosystem Partnerships Map
The purpose of the Ecosystems Program is to integrate the interests
and participation of local communities and private, public and corporate
landowners to enhance and protect watersheds through ecosystem-based
management. The Ecosystems Program is funded through Conservation 2000
(C2000), a comprehensive long-term approach to protecting and managing
Illinois' natural resources. The Ecosystems Program is a voluntary,
broad-based incentive program.
The Ecosystems Program consists of four components
• Assessment and Monitoring
• Integrated Technical Assistance
• Ecosystem Project, Planning, and Support Grants
• Ecosystem Interpretation and Education
The Ecosystems Program is made up of Ecosystem Partnerships, which are
coalitions of local stakeholders -- private landowners, businesses,
scientists, environmental organizations, recreational enthusiasts, and
policy makers. They are united by a common interest in the natural resources
of their areas' watershed. Partnership designation brings financial
and technical support, which is integral in addressing watershed concern.
Currently, there are 41 Ecosystem Partnerships covering 84% of Illinois.
More impressive is the fact that 98% of the state's citizens live in
an Ecosystem Partnership area.
To date more than 62,000 acres have been restored. Nearly 5,580 acres
have been protected through conservation easements or simple acquisition.
More than $29.9 million in project grants have been awarded. Recipients
have provided another $37,800,000 in match.
Nearly a half million citizens of all ages have been educated on natural