The Nature Conservancy receives grant for habitat restoration

The Nature Conservancy receives grant for habitat restoration


CHICAGO–The Nature Conservancy, Illinois Chapter, received a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation 2000 Program for wetland restoration at Nachusa Grasslands. The state grant for $33,030 will be used to remove two drainage ditches and one erosion ditch and create wetland depressions at four sites within the preserve. Nachusa Grasslands is located in Lee County, four miles northwest of Franklin Grove.

Governor George Ryan recently signed House Bill 1746, which extends Conservation 2000 until the year 2009. The result is a 14-year, $250 million commitment to protect and improve Illinois’ natural resources. The program provides financial and technical assistance to maintain and enhance both ecologic and economic conditions in key watersheds throughout the state. Funded projects include habitat restoration, enhancement and protection projects, as well as grants for education, research and planning.

The Nature Conservancy, Illinois Chapter, is a private, nonprofit conservation with 38,000 members statewide. Its mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. For information on membership or volunteering, or to visit a preserve, contact the Conservancy office nearest you in Chicago at (312) 346-8166.

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