Gov. Rod Blagojevich has re-appointed Rockford attorney Bruce Ross-Shannon to a second term on the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. The Commission evaluates whether rare natural areas throughout the state such as prairies, woodlands and wetlands qualify for protection as nature preserves or registered reserves. Ross-Shannon serves as vice-chairman of the Commission.
Ross-Shannon grew up in Rockford, graduated from The Law Center at the University of Southern California and began practicing law in Rockford in 1978. His practice with the firm McGreevy, Johnson & Williams is generally limited to commercial real estate law. He is a member of the Winnebago County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and American Bar Association.
Ross-Shannon is active in environmental causes and served for 14 years as a trustee and officer of the Natural Land Institute, a private land conservation organization based in Rockford. He donated his time and skills, handling scores of real estate transactions involving acquisitions through purchase and donation, conservation agreements and conveyances of land to other agencies.
The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission has its roots in Rockford, where the late George B. Fell, executive director of the Natural Land Institute, authored the legislation that created it in 1963. Illinois became the first state to create such a program for protecting rare natural areas. Since then, 13 other states have followed the Illinois model.
The Governor also appointed Lauren Rosenthal of Chicago as a new Nature Preserves commissioner. Rosenthal is an attorney and environmentalist.
From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2005, issue