Registration opens Monday for the 2014 Conservation Congress
April 11-12 at IDNR headquarters in Springfield
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[March 13, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois
Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that registration
for Conservation Congress 2014 is now open. The theme of this year's
gathering is "Charting a Course to Protect and Preserve Our Natural
Resources." Sessions will be April 11-12 at the Illinois Department
of Natural Resources headquarters in Springfield.
"Conservation Congress is an invaluable opportunity for an exchange
of ideas between IDNR and its constituents," said IDNR Director Marc
Miller. "The work of the last Conservation Congress set the stage
for the drafting and passage of the IDNR sustainability bill, which
will help staff and maintain our state parks."
Last month, IDNR
launched a series of interactive webcasts on topics ranging from
Habitat restoration and protection to recreational opportunities and
customer service. Archives of the five unique webcasts can be viewed
at the IDNR website or by clicking here:
During the previous convening of Conservation Congress, in April
2010, Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order directing the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Congress
participants to develop proposals for funding clean water, land
acquisition and department operations and to create programs to
increase public recreational access. The resulting sustainability
package, signed by Quinn in 2012, will generate between $20
million and $30 million per year in new revenue for the IDNR.
"We hope to address additional topics of importance to
Conservation Congress participants this time around, including
public outreach, management of wildlife resources including top
predators, controlling invasive species, conservation education and
volunteerism," Miller said.
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Conservation Congress began in 1993. It was initially modeled
after the Illinois General Assembly to include representatives
from a variety of constituent groups around the state.
Conservation Congress was discontinued in 2003 but was
reinstituted in 2009 under the leadership of the governor and IDNR
This year, all members of the public are invited to participate
and work hand in hand with IDNR to create a fresh set of priorities
moving forward. The goal is to ensure, through professional
management, that sustainable use, recreational opportunities and
enjoyment of these resources are available now and for future
The event is free but space is limited. Registration closes March
31. A webcast of the event will be available for those unable to
register for the event and see the meeting's
agenda (PDF), visit the Conservation Congress page on the IDNR website: www.dnr.illinois.gov.
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