149th AGENDA

ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
Pere Marquette State Park
Lodge and Conference Center
Route 100, Great River Road
Grafton, Illinois
Tuesday, October 31, 1995 -- 10:00 a.m.

Item 1: Call to Order, Roll Call, and Introduction of Attendees

Item 2: Adoption of Agenda

Item 3: Approval of Minutes of 148th Meeting, August 1, 1995

Item 4: Next Meeting Schedule

Item 5: INPC Staff Report

REPORT
Carolyn Grosboll
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 6: IDNR Staff Report

REPORT
Carl Becker
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 7: Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Item 8: Memorandum of Understanding Among Chicago Region Biodiversity Council

REPORT
Brian Anderson, Director
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Nature Preserves Commission Approval

Item 9: Heron Pond/Little Black Slough Nature Preserve Erosion Control Project: Status REPORT
REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Nature Preserves Commission Approval

Item 10: Proposal to Construct a Low Water Crossing Within Beall Woods Nature Preserve

The IDNR proposes to construct a low water crossing across Coffee Creek within this preserve. The low water crossing will replace a previously washed out bridge in this location. The crossing will give IDNR personnel access across the creek for management. This crossing is also used by an oil company to access oil wells that are located within the preserve. The oil company owns a 66-foot wide easement through the preserve and across the creek at this location that allows them to maintain this access point. The easement was granted by previous owners prior to dedication. Construction of this crossing will require the translocation of the state endangered blood leaf (Iresine rhizomotosa). This translocation can occur without significant negative impact on the population of this plant.

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Bill McClain
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Nature Preserves Commission Approval

Item 11: Proposal to Restore Hydrology to Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is proposing to restore the historic drainage patterns within Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve. It is hoped that this restoration will result in restored habitat for the federally endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana), re-establish sheet flow of water eastward through the preserve, and reduce impoundment of water in seep areas. This work is to be completed as a mitigation project for the proposed extension of I-355 to I-80. Plans for the project are only conceptual, but include removal or modification of berms and ditching, and installation of culverts under EJ&E Railroad line north and south of Division Street.

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Marcella DeMauro
Forest Preserve District of Will County
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Approval of Concept and Authorize Staff to Approve Final Details

Item 12: Proposal for the INPC to Join a Northeastern Illinois Land and White-tailed Deer Management Consortium

A number of Northeastern Illinois landowning and/or land management agencies are proposing to form a consortium that will focus on the management of deer populations within Northeastern Illinois. The consortium will allow the pooling of expertise, educational and political resources to address this growing problem. It is proposed that each member agency appoint a Commissioner and staff professional to the consortium.

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Commission Approval and Appointment of Representatives

Item 13: Berryville Shale Glade Nature Preserve Management and Visitor Access Project

IDNR, as a part of a larger visitor access project, is proposing to reroute an intermittent stream to prevent erosion of a county road. All work on this project is occurring in dedicated buffer.

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Nature Preserves Commission Approval

Item 14: Cook County -- Addition of Nature Preserve Buffer for Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Save the Prairie Society proposes to dedicate 3.75 acres as nature preserve buffer to Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve. Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve was included on the Illinois Natural Area Inventory (#50) in recognition of the high-quality mesic prairie at that location. Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve has also been identified as the largest and best quality "black soil" prairie located east of the Mississippi River. Presently, over 400 plant species have been recorded from the prairie. Dedication of this 3.75-acre tract as nature preserve buffer will help protect the 80-acre nature preserve from incompatible land uses along its western border, further protect the watershed in which Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve is located, and reduce the effects of fragmentation by maintaining existing landscape linkages.

REPORT
Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Preliminary Approval for Dedication

Item 15: Madison Co. -- Toadwood Scrubs, Dedication

The proposed Toadwood Scrubs Nature Preserve contains approximately 5 acres, primarily consisting of wet-mesic floodplain forest, near Cahokia Creek in Madison County, Illinois. Toadwood Scrubs belongs to John and Kay Kendall who reside just east of the proposed preserve. The Kendalls have shared their interest in nature with others by leading small groups on hikes through Toadwood Scrubs. The Kendall property lies adjacent to Bohm Woods, an Illinois Natural Areas Inventory site containing two nature preserves. Although Toadwood Scrubs is not a part of the Bohm Woods Inventory site, it is ecologically and hydrologically connected to Bohm Woods, and thus, as a dedicated nature preserve, would provide a significant addition to the preserved acreage of the area. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that the proposed Toadwood Scrubs Nature Preserve be dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve.

REPORT
Judy Faulkner
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Preliminary Approval for Dedication

Item 16: Winnebago County -- Harlem Hills, Dedication

Harlem Hills Nature Preserve, located in Winnebago County, is a 52.4-acre dry-mesic gravel prairie that was dedicated as an Illinois nature preserve in 1973. Dr. Barbara Atwood owns a 1.8-acre tract that is adjacent to the nature preserve and is an extension of the dry-mesic gravel prairie. It is Dr. Atwood's desire to protect her 1.8 acre remnant as a privately owned "addition" to the IDNR-owned Harlem Hill Nature Preserve -- to be identified as the Dr. Barbara Mae Atwood Tract at Harlem Hills -- and further, to approve the continuance of IDNR stewardship of her prairie remnant as an integral and connected part of the nature preserve.

REPORT
John Alesandrini
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Preliminary Approval for Dedication

Item 17: Cook County -- Palatine Prairie, Dedication

The Palatine Park District proposes to dedicate 2.5 acres as Palatine Prairie Nature Preserve. Palatine Prairie was included on the Illinois Natural Area Inventory (#856) because of the presence of the state-endangered White Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium candidum). The proposed nature preserve supports over 100 native plant species arrayed over five natural plant communities that are associated along moisture and soil gradients. These subtle moisture and soil gradients typify the "swell and swale" topography of the Morainal Section of the Morainal Division of northeastern Illinois. The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission granted preliminary approval for dedication of 7.5 acres of Palatine Prairie at its 148th Meeting (Resolution 1282). The balance of Palatine Prairie is owned by the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

REPORT
Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 18: Cook County -- Palatine Prairie, Dedication

The Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago proposes to dedicate 5.0 acres as Palatine Prairie Nature Preserve. Palatine Prairie was included on the Illinois Natural Area Inventory (#856) because of the presence of the state-endangered White Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium candidum). The proposed nature preserve supports over 100 native plant species arrayed over five natural plant communities that are associated along moisture and soil gradients. These subtle moisture and soil gradients typify the "swell and swale" topography of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Division of Illinois. The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission granted preliminary approval for dedication of 7.5 acres of Palatine Prairie at its 148th Meeting (Resolution 1282). The balance of Palatine Prairie is owned by the Palatine Park District.

REPORT
Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 19: Lake County -- Addition of Buffer to Skokie River Nature Preserve, Dedication

Andrew and Betty Rosenfield propose to dedicate 12.5 acres as nature preserve buffer for Skokie River Nature Preserve. Dedication of this tract as nature preserve buffer is consistent with the recommendations of the proposal for dedication of Skokie River Nature Preserve adopted by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission at its 134th Meeting (Resolution 1106). That proposal called for linkages between the high-quality portions of the preserve to be "expanded through dedication of adjacent lands as buffer and improved by natural community restoration." To date, dedication of privately-owned land by five owners has increased the size of Skokie River Nature Preserve from 100 acres to 113.5 acres. This proposed addition as nature preserve buffer represents the sixth such dedication and increases the size of Skokie River Nature Preserve from 113.5 to 125 acres.

REPORT
Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission

Stephen Christy
Lake Forest Open Lands Association
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 20: Ogle County -- Heeren Prairie, Dedication

Since 1983, Heeren Prairie in Ogle County has been an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark. The site is a dry dolomite prairie remnant that was described by the INAI as 1.1 acres of Grade A and 1.1 acres of Grade B and C (INAI #89). As with all high quality prairie remnants, this tract, which is located in the Freeport Section of the Rock River Hill Country Division, is of value to the Nature Preserves System because of its rarity. Mr. Arnold Heeren now proposes to dedicate 1.9 acres as Heeren Prairie Nature Preserve. Preliminary approval for dedication of Heeren Prairie was granted at the Commission's 147th Meeting, August 1, 1995 (Resolution 1273).

REPORT
John Alesandrini
Nature Preserves Commission
ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 21: Other Business

Item 22: Adjournment