Nurserymen's Association Landscape Committee
Members of the Illinois Nurserymen's
Association Landscape Committee have donated materials, labor and
expertise to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to
construct a new permanent outdoor amphitheater area at Conservation
World on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Materials, manpower and
design of the project will approach $200,000 when the project,
including the permanent stage, is completed next year.
The project complements the natural
aesthetics of Conservation World and provides a permanent venue for
programs during the state fair and throughout the year. The venue is
being used during this year's state fair for reptile and birds of
prey programs provided by the Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield.
Association is comprised of architects, landscape design firms,
garden centers, nurseries and tree farms with representatives from
throughout the state. Communities represented include Collinsville,
Mokena, Monee, Petersburg, Quincy, Rushville, Springfield and
Society is a statewide not-for-profit organization that promotes
and preserves the sport of bowhunting, providing a voice for
bowhunters on management, legal and social issues while maintaining
an open line of communication with agencies such as the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources. Illinois Bowhunters Society members
have provided valuable volunteer service to the department in a
number of venues.
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Members help host the Youth Archery
Tent at Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair, donating
equipment and operating expenses; participate in Conservation
Congress, committees and programs; give back to the hunting
community through special projects and educational programs; and
donate equipment to the Illinois Conservation Police.
The Illinois Bowhunters Society has
also been at the forefront of hunting programs for people with
disabilities and children with serious illnesses.
Bowhunters of Illinois
Bowhunters of Illinois represents bowhunting interests while
assisting and supporting sound conservation practices. Each year,
the organization donates up to 70 percent of its budget to programs
and projects of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Equipment donated to Illinois Conservation Police includes deer
decoys, metal detectors, ATV ramps, spotting scopes and infrared
trail cameras. The organization also provides funding for the CPO
education trailer and anti-poaching air patrols.
the group has provided funding support for ENTICE and other
Department of Natural Resources education programs, for wildlife
habitat enhancement and for development of a state park archery
range. Volunteers from United Bowhunters of Illinois also help staff
the youth archery program at Conservation World at the Illinois
State Fair and serve on a number of department committees.
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