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Gov. Blagojevich announces $2.78 million in Conservation 2000 grants to protect Illinois' environment     Send a link to a friend

51 grants benefit habitat in 88 counties throughout Illinois

Includes Lower Sangamon Valley Partnership

[DEC. 9, 2006]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich awarded nearly $2.8 million in Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation 2000 grants on Dec. 8 to help local communities protect and improve Illinois' environment. The 51 grants awarded will benefit a variety of habitats in 88 counties throughout Illinois.

"These grants are critical investments in our natural resources and local communities," Blagojevich said. "The projects will help protect the environment, provide more opportunities for outdoor recreation and help bring more tourists to our state."

To date, the C2000 Ecosystems Program of the Department of Natural Resources has awarded more than $32.5 million in grants, benefiting every county in Illinois and leveraging an additional $31.5 million in local matching funds and in-kind contributions, for a total of $64 million in projects throughout the state. With C2000 funding, local partnerships across the state have restored more than 64,000 acres of prairie, forest, wetland and wildlife habitat and protected more than 5,600 acres of habitat through acquisition and conservation easements.

The C2000 Ecosystems Program is designed to take a holistic, long-term approach to protecting and managing Illinois' natural resources. With more than 90 percent of the land in Illinois privately owned, the C2000 Ecosystems Program's primary focus is to improve habitat through ecosystem-based management on private land. At the heart of the program are the Ecosystem Partnerships, which are coalitions of local stakeholders comprised of private landowners, businesses, scientists, environmental organizations, recreational enthusiasts, policymakers and others.

"I'm pleased that some of the funding through the C2000 program will go towards southwestern Illinois," said state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville. "This project, along with the other projects being funded, are important in helping to preserve the state's natural resources, and provides residents with an opportunity to be involved with environmental stewardship."

"We in southern Illinois are proud to be home to lands untouched and preserved for not only recreational purposes like hunting and fishing, but also for the enjoyment of all Illinois residents," said state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg. "Preserving our natural resources and wildlife habitats are critical to the future of our region as a tourist destination."

"I am pleased that these IDNR grants have been awarded to our community, as they promote the understanding and improvement of our natural areas, which are invaluable, especially in this urban setting," said state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago. "These grants will be used for projects that, either directly through restoration or indirectly through research, bring our lakefront and the surrounding ecosystem one step closer to its natural state."

"Illinois residents care deeply about protection of our natural resources," said state Rep. Kathy Ryg, D-Vernon Hills. "C2000 grants empower them to participate in ecosystem partnerships to protect and preserve our watersheds and natural habitats. Governor Blagojevich understands the importance of the state and its partners working together to protect our environment and our quality of life."

"It's very gratifying to see C2000 grants being used for the preservation of our natural resources, as well as educating our children as to the importance of protecting our natural resources," said state Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville.

"By working diligently with landowners to protect our native species and improve habitat restoration, we will strengthen and preserve the environment of our state," said state Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago.

These diverse groups advocate natural resource stewardship through their common interest in preserving the biodiversity of their local watershed community. Currently, 41 Ecosystem Partnerships cover 85 percent of the state and represent more than 98 percent of the citizens of Illinois.

For more information on the C2000 Ecosystems Program, contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; call 217-782-7940; or visit http://dnr.state.il.us/orep/C2000/index.htm.

A list of Conservation 2000 Ecosystems Program grants and project descriptions by partnership follows.

American Bottom Partnership

Counties: Macoupin, Montgomery, Jersey, Madison, St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph

  • Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation and Development, $14,500.00. Conservation Subdivision Outreach and Education. This is a phase two of an outreach and education project developed to introduce the concepts and benefits of conservation subdivision design and to build support for residential development policy change in southwest Illinois. Materials developed in phase one of the project will be distributed to stakeholders and policymakers through presentations and one-on-one meetings.

Big Rivers Partnership

Counties: Calhoun, Greene and Jersey

  • The Nature Institute, $16,120.00. Blufftop Exotic Species Control. This project will facilitate exotic species removal and brush control in at least five high-quality natural areas along the bluff ecosystem in Madison and Jersey counties. Ninety acres of hill prairie and forested bluff, an area which contains many rare species, will benefit from the work. In addition, a floristic survey and monitoring will be established. 

Cache River Partnership

Counties: Union, Johnson, Alexander, Pulaski, Pope and Massac

  • Union County Soil and Water Conservation District, $211,750.00. Big Creek Pilot Project -- Phase II. The purpose of this project is to build upon the success in phase one by finishing the final 10 retention structures needed in the watershed, establishing buffers where needed and working on the side inlet channel erosion of Big Creek. 

Chicago Wilderness Partnership

Counties: McHenry, DuPage, Cook, Will and Lake

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, $55,433.00. Plants of Concern. Using standardized protocols, Plants of Concern will train volunteers to collect data on the size of, threats to and management of populations of rare plants in northeast Illinois. Reports to landowners then guide future management. This is a long-term monitoring program, and continuity of data collection is essential. C2000 funds will support work in 2007, the seventh year of Plants of Concern.

  • Chicago Academy of Sciences, $30,000.00. Butterfly Restoration Project for Regal Fritillaries. This project is intended to enhance knowledge and techniques of restoring prairie butterflies by pairing translocations with comparisons of the butterflies' molecular diversity at the donor and restoration sites. Specifically, regal fritillaries, a state-threatened species, will be restored to Cook County.

  • Chicago Park District, $67,158.28. Montrose Beach Dunes Habitat Restoration. This project will restore beach, foredune and globally imperiled panne communities at Montrose Beach Dunes, an Illinois Natural Areas Inventory site that supports five state-listed species on Chicago's lakefront. Funds will be used to conduct targeted herbiciding of Salix interior, planting of native species and creation of interpretive signage.

Driftless Area Partnership

Counties: Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Carroll and Whiteside

  • Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, $139,080.00. Wapello Land and Water Reserve Restoration. Prairie restoration on former cropland and adjacent upland forest enhancement will be done at the Wapello Land and Water Reserve in order to protect mussel beds and threatened and endangered mussel species of the Apple River, enhance wildlife habitat, and also preserve a significant archaeological site.

  • Natural Land Institute, $20,000.00. Horseshoe Mound Restoration. Natural Land Institute will work with the owner of the 28-acre Horseshoe Mound property, which is listed on the Illinois Natural Area Inventory as an Outstanding Geologic Area, to restore native oak savanna. The property owner has donated a conservation easement to the Natural Land Institute, which will protect the land in perpetuity.

  • Jo Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District, $24,831.00. Preserve, Enhance and Provide Public Access to 1939 Aerial Photography. Jo Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District has maintained a complete set of the oldest aerial photography for the county from 1939. This unique resource will be cleaned, professionally scanned and ortho-rectified by the Illinois State Geologic survey staff.

DuPage River Coalition

Counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will

  • Naperville Park District, $31,119.00. Pioneer Park Habitat Restoration. The Naperville Park District will restore and enhance 12 acres of wetland, woodland and prairie habitat at Pioneer Park along the West Branch of the DuPage River. The project includes developing a restoration and maintenance plan, removing invasive species, planting native species, maintenance, and installing interpretative signage.

Embarras River Partnership

Counties: Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Jasper, Crawford, Richland and Lawrence

  • Douglas-Hart Nature Center, $8,000.00. Habitat Restoration at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. This project will improve habitat at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center by removing bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii). Contractors specializing in invasive shrub removal will do the work. The nature center staff will maintain the removal sites as necessary.

Fox River Ecosystem Partnership

Counties: McHenry, Lake, Kane, Kendall, DuPage, LaSalle and Cook

  • Illinois Natural History Survey, $34,056.00. Evaluation of the South Batavia Dam Removal on the Fox River, Illinois. This project will assess effects of complete removal of the South Batavia dam on the Fox River. Data collected will add to data collected during pre- (2002-2003) and partial-removal (2003-2005) phases, enabling an assessment of complete removal effects. This additional data is crucial to understanding the effects of dam removal on Illinois' rivers.

  • Lake County Forest Preserve District, $76,016.72. Nippersink Phase I Restoration; Restoring Wetland and Savanna Habitat. The Nippersink Forest Preserve (Squaw Creek Watershed) supports over 75 acres of hemimarsh. The 91-acre project area provides opportunity to restore wetland hydrology, expand and enhance existing wetlands, and restore savanna habitat. The project addresses the goals of both the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership and the 2004 Squaw Creek Watershed Management Plan.

  • McHenry County Conservation Foundation, $68,466.00. Restoration and Enhancement of Protected, High-Quality Natural Areas in Northeastern Illinois. Specialized machinery will be purchased for use in the mechanical removal of exotic and invasive woody vegetation in dedicated nature preserves, land and water reserves, Illinois Natural Area Inventory sites, high-quality natural areas, and conservation easements in northeast Illinois to facilitate management and restoration of native plant communities and significant wildlife habitat.

Headwaters Partnership

Counties: Ford, Champaign and Douglas

  • Urbana Park District, $59,850.00. Judge Webber-Perkins Road Park Restoration, Phase 2B. Urbana Park District ultimately will restore over 35 acres of habitat on former stream flood plain. This 7-acre project would create a variety of habitat types for wetland and upland wildlife, protect existing habitat, and improve area biodiversity. The area will also be used for conservation and public environmental programs.

Illinois River Bluffs Partnership

Counties: Bureau, Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford

  • Marshall-Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District, $16,900.00. Native Grass Drill -- Get It Right. This project will provide easy access to a quality native grass drill to establish or enhance native wildlife habitat, native grasses and forbs and will provide conservation measures to local citizens in Marshall, Putnam and neighboring counties.

Kankakee River Basin Commission

Counties: Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermillion and Will

  • Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District, $138,750.00. Aroma Land and Water Reserve Addition. The forest preserve district will purchase a 30-acre parcel south of the Aroma Land and Water Reserve, a 56-acre site comprised of high-quality woodland, wetland and prairie community types. This parcel is currently fallow, with native grasses migrating onto the site. 

Kaskaskia River Partnership

Counties: Montgomery, Bond, Madison, St. Clair, Clinton, Marion and Washington

  • Illinois Audubon Society, $8,000.00. Bush Honeysuckle Control at H. & B. Bremer Sanctuary. To encourage recovery of upland oak-hickory and flood plain forest, exotic woody vegetation will be removed. Volunteers will use fire management and will reintroduce appropriate native woody and herbaceous vegetation after the contract period.

Kishwaukee River Partnership

Counties: McHenry, Boone, Winnebago, DeKalb and Ogle

  • Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, $351,000.00. Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve Addition. This project is the acquisition of 33.68 acres of cropland that is surrounded on three sides by Winnebago County Forest Preserve. The forest preserve district will convert the property to prairie and forest.

  • The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, $38,500.00. Alden Headwaters Conservation and Protection Plan. This project will develop a comprehensive plan to protect and restore land in a 3,200-acre area of Alden Township, McHenry County -- a region with state- and regionally significant natural resources. Key outcomes include engaging new landowners in restoration of their property, a restoration and management plan, and restoration of 50 acres of land.

Lake Calumet Partnership

County: Cook

  • Chicago Department of Environment, $110,000.00. Hydrologic Master Plan Implementation: Indian Ridge Marsh South. The Calumet Hydrologic Master Plan is complete, thanks to prior C2000 funding. Key findings regarding the region's hydrology include the importance of stabilizing, modifying and installing water control structures at critical habitat areas. This project involves the installation of a weir at the Indian Ridge Marsh and Calumet River interface.

  • Chicago Department of Environment, $94,380.00. Calumet Ecological Rehabilitation Video. The video will record site rehabilitation work, research, community efforts and stewardship occurring in Calumet. Interviews, narrative and depictions of landscape changes will demonstrate for others the extent of collaboration involved, the challenges encountered and the importance of community connections.

Lake Michigan Watershed Ecosystem Partnership

Counties: Cook and Lake

  • Lake County Forest Preserve District, $85,838.86. Control of Invasive Species in Spring Bluff Nature Preserve. Spring Bluff is protected for its natural communities and threatened and endangered species and is regularly fire-managed; yet, invasive species continue to spread. This effort will reduce the abundance of invasive species where floristic integrity and wildlife habitat are threatened. Permanent transects will be monitored to detect change in the project area.

  • Alliance for the Great Lakes, $36,956.00. Lake Michigan Subwatershed Project Identification and Planning. Using maps developed in cooperation with the strategic subwatershed identification process of the Department of Natural Resources, the Lake Michigan Watershed Ecosystem Partnership, with staffing from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, will perform field assessments of prioritized on-the-ground improvement sites, conduct local stakeholder and landowner outreach, identify measures of improvement to be used by partnership, and summarize priority projects.

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North Branch of the Chicago River

Counties: Cook and Lake

  • Lake County Forest Preserves, $39,000.00. Old School Forest Habitat Restoration and Enhancement. This project will increase structural and biological diversity to 66 acres of forest. Native plants and shrubs will be reintroduced in 3 acres of vernal ponds and 63 acres of upland forest to restore the ground and shrub layer communities that have been degraded from past land-use practices.

  • Society of the Divine Word, $23,000.00. Restoration of Fragment Oak-Hickory Forest. This project will remove and control exotic species from approximately 30 acres of fragment native forest and return natural habitat and function to this once-undisturbed site.

  • Lake County Forest Preserve District, $85,838.86. Control of Invasive Species in Spring Bluff Nature Preserve. Spring Bluff is protected for its natural communities and threatened and endangered species and is regularly fire-managed; yet, invasive species continue to spread. This effort will reduce the abundance of invasive species where floristic integrity and wildlife habitat are threatened. Permanent transects will be monitored to detect change in the project area.

  • Alliance for the Great Lakes, $36,956.00. Lake Michigan Subwatershed Project Identification and Planning. Using maps developed in cooperation with the strategic subwatershed identification process of the Department of Natural Resources, the Lake Michigan Watershed Ecosystem Partnership, with staffing from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, will perform field assessments of prioritized on-the-ground improvement sites, conduct local stakeholder and landowner outreach, identify measures of improvement to be used by partnership, and summarize priority projects.

Lower Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnership

Counties: Cook, DuPage and Will

  • Lower Des Plaines Ecosystem Partnership, $34,350.00. Reaching, Educating and Involving New Stakeholders. The partnership's Watershed Plan outlines an ambitious strategy for the restoration and protection of this biologically significant and challenged watershed. This project prioritizes and implements plan objectives and builds the partnership's internal capacity to fulfill its mission by improving its communications systems and increasing stakeholder involvement.

  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County, $50,000.00. Dan McMahon Fen Buffer Enhancement Project. McMahon Fen hosts a biologically rich natural community, but the densely shaded uplands are virtually bare and prone to runoff. This project proposes to restore prairie to an 8-acre, 150-foot buffer above the fen. Palos volunteers who have managed the fen for the past eight years will play an integral role, with the help of local high school ecology clubs.

LaMoine River Partnership

Counties: Adams, Brown, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren

  • Wolf Farms, $52,785.00. Hutchins Ecosystem Restoration Project. This project will involve the complete restoration of approximately 45 acres of upland and 15 acres of bottomland-wetland habitat within a headwater stream system, tributary to the La Moine River in McDonough County.

Lower Kaskaskia River Partnership

Counties: Macoupin, Montgomery, Madison, Bond, St. Clair, Washington, Randolph, Perry, Monroe and Jackson

  • Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation and Development Inc., $7,495.00. Clifftop Alliance Outreach and Info-Educational Programs. Clifftop Alliance is a partnership bringing together landholders and conservation organizations to focus on protecting the Mississippi River bluff lands in Monroe and Randolph counties. Educational outreach efforts will be implemented to improve land stewardship practices within the Northern Ozark Division, a Department of Natural Resources Conservation Opportunity Area.

  • Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation and Development Inc., $17,882.00. Illinois Cave Amphipod Recharge Area Delineation. The Illinois cave amphipod, which is federally listed as endangered, is known from several groundwater systems whose recharge areas have not been delineated, including Frog Spring, Luhr Spring and Dual Spring, as well as Annbriar Spring north of Fountain Creek. This project would provide these critical delineations.

Lower Rock River Partnership

Counties: Lee, Whiteside, Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Ogle and Carroll

  • City of Moline, $24,500.00. Greenvalley Nature Preserve Wetland and Prairie Restoration Plan. A restoration plan with multiple implementation phases will be developed for approximately 130 acres of degraded wetland and prairie along the Rock River in Moline. When the plan is completed, the first phase of the plan will be executed and will consist of the restoration of 9 acres of prairie adjacent to the Rock River and a wetland bird sanctuary.

Lower Sangamon Valley Partnership

Counties: Cass, Christian, Logan, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Sangamon, Shelby and Tazewell

  • Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District, $3,387.94. Ag Day. This project is designed to educate students and teachers about natural resources and conservation. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be exposed to hands-on activities, wildlife paw prints, water quality and planting activities.

  • Springfield Park District, $28,700.00. Centennial Park Prairie Project. Funding for this project will help restore a 70-acre prairie that would provide additional habitat for the Franklin's ground squirrel, an endangered species known from the Centennial Park area.

Mackinaw River Partnership

Counties: Ford, Livingston, McLean, Mason, Tazewell and Woodford

  • Woodford County Soil and Water Conservation District, $82,104.00. Woodland Habitat Enhancement Program. This program will assist landowners of wooded property in the Mackinaw watershed in implementing timber management plans that have a primary goal to maintain, restore or enhance habitat for wildlife.

Ozark Hills Partnership

Counties: Union, Alexander, Jackson and Randolph

  • Shawnee Resource Conservation and Development Area Council Inc., $65,390.80. River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area. The goal of the project is to provide support for the development of the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area and to control invasive plant species projects on private lands within the Ozark partnership. The project coordinator will conduct noxious weed workshops for private landowners, garden and nursery staff, organizations, and government employees.

Prairie Parklands Partnership

Counties: Kendall, LaSalle, Grundy, Will, Cook, Kankakee and Livingston

  • Forest Preserve District of Will County, $15,400.00. Natural Community Enhancement at Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve. The district proposes to restore dry-mesic sand savanna and mesic to wet-mesic sand prairie communities at Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve in an area that has become a large throng of black locust trees (Robinia pseudoacacia). Restoration will require cutting black locust trees, applying herbicide, planting and prescribed burning.

  • Joliet Junior College, $35,000.00. Fen and Dolomite Prairie Enhancement at Joliet Junior College Natural Areas. This project's goal is to maintain an existing fen and restore degraded uplands by the timely eradication of exotics. Adjacent areas will be cleared of woody exotics and seeded in appropriate native species. These restored areas will serve as a buffer, provide better habitat along the Rock Run Creek and prevent erosion.

  • Board of Trustees, University of Illinois, $34,692.00. Prairie Seed Banks at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie: A Key to its Restoration. This investigation characterizes seed banks (composition, viability) of remnant and restored prairie and old field and crop lands at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Remnant prairie seed banks will serve as a benchmark for success of restored prairies and will guide restoration efforts in disturbed lands. Photos of recovered seeds will be posted on the Illinois Natural History Survey website.

Rock River Partnership

County: Ogle

  • Byron Forest Preserve District, $5,600.00. Exotic Herbaceous and Small Diameter Woody Vegetation Management in Rock River Partnership. These funds will be used for the purchase of a Brush Wolf 7200 brush cutter skid steer attachment to be used throughout the Rock River Partnership for exotic herbaceous vegetation and small-diameter brush mowing. It will be used as a cost-effective management tool in maintaining and restoring prairies, wetlands and oak savanna-woodland communities.

  • Byron Forest Preserve District, $10,350.00. Nardi Hills Preserve Prairie Planting and Management. Forty acres of mixed upland prairie will be planted and management of the prairie and adjacent preserve lands for invasive species and brush control will be accomplished at the Byron Forest Preserve District's Nardi Hills Preserve.

Shawnee Ecosystem Partnership

Counties: Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope and Saline

  • Pope-Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District, $16,640.00. Big Grand Pierre Creek Phase I. Survey and design of 16 miles of Big Grand Pierre Creek from the Ohio River to the confluence of Hart and Gibbons Creek will be conducted in order to prepare projects for needed stream bank stabilization.

Sugar Pecatonica Rivers Partnership

Counties: Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Carroll and Ogle

  • Sugar Prairie Wildlife Corridor, $11,940.00. Incorporating Pecatonica Valley Wildlands Inventory into Local Planning. This project will digitize findings of the recent Pecatonica Valley Wildlands Inventory into a GIS format that will be used in support of land protection efforts in the Sugar and Pecatonica River watersheds.

Thorn Creek Macrosite Partnership

Counties: Cook and Will

  • Village of Park Forest, $33,400.00. Central Park Wetlands Project. Continue management of a 46-acre wetland restoration site by the removal of invasive species. Improvements will be made at the wetland site by seeding and planting wetland plants. Construction of an observation-education deck and installation of interpretive signage will be accomplished to improve interpretive and educational programs.

  • Governors State University, $65,970.00. Thorn Creek Headwater, Wet Prairie Restoration. This project will restore 44 acres of prairie, stabilize and protect 1,500 feet of Thorn Creek headwaters, and add 22 acres of land to the Governors State University Field Station. It would also serve as a living laboratory for students at the university and area high schools. Ecological research and monitoring will increase understanding of prairies and wetlands.

Upper Des Plaines Partnership

Counties: Lake, DuPage and Cook

  • Lake County Forest Preserve District, $83,615.00. Grainger Woods Woodland Restoration and Reforestation. This project will enhance and expand existing Illinois Natural Areas Inventory woodland habitat and two wetlands within the Des Plaines River greenway. Fifteen acres of woodland will be selectively cleared, 29 acres of pasture will be reforested, and the entire area will be supplementally seeded. Depressional areas in the former pasture will be planted with wetland plugs.

  • Township of Libertyville, $19,725.00. Creating a Restoration, Education and Outreach Plan for the Liberty Prairie Area Homeowners Association Section of Bull Creek. Protection of a section of Bull Creek from further degradation due to serious flooding, erosion and neglect will be implemented. A plan will be developed to restore eroded stream banks and educate residents about their responsibilities in caring for the stream, stream bank and flood plain. Citizen volunteers will participate in ongoing maintenance activities.

  • Country Club Meadows Homeowners Association, $15,600.00. Seeding of Quality Wetlands. The association has 34 acres of wet-mesic remnant prairie. With partners, the Stormwater Management Commission of Lake County and U.S. Fish and Wildlife conservation funding will restore the high-quality remnant wetlands. Funding will pay for seeding and site preparation. This will be phase three in a multiyear restoration plan. The land is dedicated conservancy easements, both private and common to the association.

Upper Little Wabash Partnership

Counties: Clay, Coles, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion and Shelby

  • Effingham County Soil and Water Conservation District, $158,046.00. Restore Our Forest Communities. A total of 1,500 acres of native oak-hickory woodland, savanna and barren will be restored. The goal of the forest community enhancement approach is requiring a forestry management plan, forest stand improvement, prescribed fire and exotic species control.

Upper Rock River Partnership

Counties: Boone, Stephenson and Winnebago

  • Rockford Park District, $91,917.00. North Fork Kent Creek Habitat Restoration Project. Phase two of a multiphase project will improve approximately 5,000 linear feet of the main branch and a small tributary of the North Fork of the Kent Creek by implementing in-stream habitat projects, restoring stream bank stability, removing sedimentation with rock weirs, artificial riffles, lunker structures, boulder clusters and stream-narrowing techniques.

  • Upper Rock River Partnership, $20,000.00. Upper Rock River Planning Grant. This funding will assist the partnership with the second phase of their strategic plan and begin to develop an implementation plan.

[News release from the governor's office]

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