Grant funding available to protect Kishwaukee River

The Kishwaukee River Ecosystem Partnership will offer a grant writing workshop at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 in the Baltic Mill Annex, 920 W. Lincoln Ave., Belvidere. All landowners, municipalities, businesses, units of government and environmental organizations with habitat restoration projects within the Kishwaukee River watershed are encouraged to attend or submit an application.

The final grant applications for this year’s funding are due to IDNR in Springfield on Feb. 27. The KREP Council recommends attending the workshop and then presenting the grant ideas at the monthly meeting at 7 p.m. immediately following the workshop. KREP is the local organization facilitating and ranking these applications and the grant funding is provided by the Conservation 2000 Program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Grants must fall within one of the following cateories:

Habitat: “On the ground” application of land and water management, creation, restoration and enhancement techniques that promote increased biodiversity or improved ecological functions.

Land Acquisition: 30-year perpetual easements and fee simple acquisitions that protect habitat and restore ecosystem functions.

Education/Outreach: Projects that reach a target audience informing them of the importance of or techniques used in the restoration, preservation, and/or management of ecosystems and biodiversity.

Planning: Development of plans that integrate Partnership goals with Program Guidance Principles and/or with the mission of related and relevant programs.

Resource Economics: Unique economic development projects directly associated with human access or sustainable non-destructive use of an ecosystem.

Research: Investigation, data analysis, and research of ecological factors in the Partnership area that can be used to advance Partnership goals and the Program’s mission.

Ecosystem project applications can be picked up before the workshop at the KREP office in the City of Belvidere Building, 119 S. State St., Belvidere; Natural Land Institute, 320 S. Third St., Rockford; the McHenry County Defenders office on the square in Woodstock; the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District office in Sycamore, and on the Web at

For more information: Watershed Coordinator Nathan Hill, 544-1576.

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