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Illinois Nurserymen's Association and bowhunter societies recognized by Department of Natural Resources

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[AUG. 13, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Three organizations will be honored during the Illinois Department of Natural Resources volunteer awards program. This year's volunteer recognition awards ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Conservation World amphitheater at the Illinois State Fair. Each group has given to Illinois recreational education and conservation efforts extensively throughout the year.

Illinois 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.

The Illinois Nurserymen's 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 Wilmette.

Illinois Bowhunters Society

The Illinois Bowhunters 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.

United Bowhunters of Illinois

The United 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.

In addition, 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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