ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION AGENDA
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SEVENTH MEETING

Pere Marquette State Park
Lodge and Conference Center
Route 100, PO Box 429
Grafton, Illinois 62037
October 28, 1997 10:00 A.M.


*Documentary Material Enclosed

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

Item 2:* Adoption of Agenda

Item 3:* Approval of Minutes of 156th Meeting, August 5, 1997

Item 4:* 1998 Meeting Schedule

Item 5:    INPC Staff Report

REPORT
Don McFall and Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 6: IDNR Staff Report

REPORT
Carl Becker
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 7: Update on Protection of Prairies on Railroad Rights-of-Way

REPORT
Brian Reilly
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 8:* Cook Co. -- Superior Street Prairie Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Superior Street Prairie is 33.5 acres of dry-mesic sand savanna, mesic sand prairie, wet prairie and sedge meadow owned by the Calumet Memorial Park District. It is located in Cook County, Illinois and is part of the Chicago Lake Plain Section in the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. The prairie was originally identified by the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI #500) as the Thornton Fractional North High School Prairie. The site is considered a Grade A dry-mesic sand savanna with Grade B mesic sand prairie, wet prairie and sedge meadow. The state endangered grass pink orchid (Calopogon tuberosus), round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), and northern panic grass (Panicum boreale) are among the three hundred species of plants growing in the proposed reserve.

REPORT                                                    ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Brian Reilly                                                  Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 9:* Jersey Co. -- Brainerd Cave Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Brainerd Cave is a significant example of a terrestrial cave community and serves as a hibernaculum for a moderate number of bats. The cave was recognized by the INAI (#605). The 2-acre site is located in upland forest within Pere Marquette State Park and is owned and managed by IDNR.

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Tara Gibbs                                                   Registration Approval
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 10:* Kendall Co. -- Emmons' Woods Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Emmons' Woods, owned by Neill and Parkie Emmons of Plano, is approximately 60 acres of mature forest located in Kendall County. Forty-eight acres are located in the floodplain of Big Rock Creek, a Biologically Significant Stream. The creek has excellent water quality and provides habitat for the creek heelsplitter (Lasmigona compressa). Seventeen species of forest habitat sensitive birds use the site, including the state threatened veery (Catharus fuscescens), and brown creeper (Certhia americana). At the request of the owners, registration was postponed from INPC's 156th Meeting on August 5, 1997, to the current meeting.

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Brian Reilly                                                   Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 11:* Macoupin Co. and Montgomery Co. -- Gillespie Prairie Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Gillespie Prairie is a 7-mile stretch of former railroad right-of-way that contains several good quality remnents of mesic prairie. The 78-acre tract is owned and managed by IDNR. Gillespie Prairie was included on the INAI (#1337) because it supports populations of two state listed plant species, the state endangered eastern blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium atlanticum) and state threatened ear-leaved foxglove (Tomanthera auriculata).

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Mark Phipps                                                Registration Approval
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 12:* LaSalle Co. -- Mitchell's Grove Nature Preserve, Dedication

Mitchell's Grove is a 184-acre tract owned and managed by IDNR. The grove is a diverse area located at the confluence of Tomahawk Creek and the Little Vermilion River. The site contains upland forest, floodplain forest, sandstone rock outcrops, springs and seeps, frontage on the two major streams, remnant hill prairie and several northern relict species of plants. The proposed preserve provides habitat for the state threatened northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis), forked aster (Aster furcatus) and spotted coral root orchid (Corallorhiza maculata).

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Todd Bittner                                                 Preliminary Approval for Dedication
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 13:* McHenry Co. -- Amberin Ash Ridge Addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve, Dedication

Ms. Deborah Staley proposes to dedicate approximately 30 acres of mesic upland forest, wet-mesic upland forest, and seep natural communities as nature preserve buffer for Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve. Although systematic floral surveys have not been conducted, 64 plant species have been recorded from Amberin Ash Ridge. Boone Creek Fen was identified on the INAI (#1015) and was recently conferred final approval for dedication at INPC's 156th Meeting on August 5, 1997 (Resolution #1376). A key element of the proposal for dedication of Boone Creek Fen called for efforts "...to assemble a much larger preserve ...and... encompass much of the adjacent uplands." The proposed Amberin Ash Ridge addition is perched atop a north-facing slope overlooking Boone Creek Fen valley and the area identified as Boone Creek Fen on the INAI. Protection of the Amberin Ash Ridge Addition is consistent with good preserve design considerations and will help protect important groundwater recharge and discharge zones that maintain wetland communities in the Boone Creek Fen valley and the water quality in Boone Creek.

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

Item 14:* McHenry Co. -- Spring Hollow Addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve,Dedication

Ms. Elizabeth Babcock proposes to dedicate approximately 33 acres of mesic upland forest, sedge meadow, and seep natural communities as nature preserve buffer for Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve. Over 150 plant species and over 100 species of birds have been recorded from the proposed addition. Boone Creek Fen was identified on the INAI (#1015) and was recently conferred final approval for dedication at INPC's 156th Meeting on August 5, 1997 (Resolution #1376). A key element of the proposal for dedication of Boone Creek Fen called for efforts "...to assemble a much larger preserve ...and... encompass much of the adjacent uplands." The proposed Spring Hollow addition is perched atop those adjacent uplands and extends partially across Boone Creek Fen valley. Protection of Spring Hollow will help protect important groundwater recharge and discharge zones that maintain wetland communities in the Boone Creek Fen valley and the water quality in Boone Creek. In 1977, Spring Hollow was granted a conservation easement with the Natural Land Institute. That conservation easement was the first easement established in Illinois for the purpose of protecting open space.

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

Item 15:* McHenry Co. -- Roberts Marsh Addition to Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve, Dedication

Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve was identified on the INAI (#1012) for extant high-quality calcareous floating mat, graminoid fen, low shrub bog, marsh, pond, and sedge meadow communities. Twenty-two state listed endangered or threatened species have been recorded from this nature preserve. Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve is located within Moraine Hills State Park and was granted preliminary approval for dedication at INPC's 50th Meeting in January, 1974 (Resolution #321). This proposal calls for preliminary approval for dedication of approximately 5 acres of wetland identified on the INAI. This portion of the wetland basin is owned by Mr. Don Roberts and this proposal stems from an agreement reached between Mr. Roberts and IDNR's Endangered Species Consultation Program. Protection of Roberts Marsh as nature preserve buffer will protect the wetland basin from incompatible land uses, provide for management of the wetland basin as a single unit, and honor the terms of the agreement reached between Mr. Don Roberts and IDNR.

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

Item 16:* McHenry Co. -- Addition to Julia M. and Royce L. Parker Fen Nature Preserve, Dedication

Parker Fen Nature Preserve was included on the INAI (#863) and received final approval for dedication at INPC's 107th Meeting in October, 1985 (Resolution #874). Parker Fen supports populations of the state endangered common bog arrow grass (Triglochin maritimum) and state threatened beaked spike rush (Eleocharis rostellata). This proposal for an addition of approximately 3 acres as nature preserve buffer is consistent with good preserve design considerations, maintains existing surface hydrology, protects important groundwater recharge and discharge zones, and will facilitate a landowner contact program designed to protect other important groundwater recharge zones. This proposal was prepared for the owner of the Julia M. & Royce L. Parker Fen Nature Preserve, Ms. Jewel Hahn.

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

Item 17:* Ogle Co. -- Piros Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Piros Prairie is an approximately six-acre tract of wet-mesic prairie and sedge meadow located in Ogle County. The site was recently added to the INAI and represents two high quality community types that are rare within the Oregon Section of the Rock River Hill Country Natural Division of Illinois. The prairie is owned by Sheryl Piros. It is her desire to dedicate the six-acre prairie/wetland tract as an Illinois Nature Preserve and to dedicate an additional two acres or so of surrounding land as nature preserve buffer. Preliminary approval is recommended.

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

Item 18:* Pope Co. -- Spivey Valley Glade Nature Preserve, Dedication

The proposed Spivey Valley Glade Nature Preserve, owned by Dan and Georgia Spivey, is 18.4 acres in size and has been recently added to the INAI. Located in eastern Pope County near the Ohio River, the area contains Grade A limestone glade and Grade A limestone barrens communities. Spivey Valley Glade is unique in that it occurs within a narrow drainage in Mississippian-aged sandstone capped hills. The sandstone has been scoured out exposing the limestone. This is the only valley glade in southern Illinois and perhaps in Illinois. Three listed plant species occur there, including the largest reproducing population of the state threatened climbing milkweed (Matelea obliqua), the state endangered wild lettuce (Lactuca hirsuta sanguinea) and the state threatened aster (Aster undulatus).

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

Item 19:* Will Co. -- Hitts Siding Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Hitts Siding Prairie is a natural area owned and managed by IDNR. The site is approximately 260 acres in size and contains high quality examples of the following natural communities: mesic prairie/wet-mesic prairie, wet prairie, mesic sand prairie, marsh, mesic sand savanna, and sedge meadow. Fifty-seven of the 260 acres were designated as an Illinois Natural Area of statewide significance by the INAI (#1047) in 1976. Hitts Siding Prairie is habitat for four state listed species, the rattlesnake-master borer moth (Papaipema eryngii), the grass pink orchid (Calopogen tuberosus), the ear-leafed foxglove (Tomanthera auriculata), and the redveined prairie leafhopper (Aflexia rubranura). Hitts Siding Prairie also provides habitat for diverse and abundant populations of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Beth Loebach                                               Preliminary Approval for Dedication
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 20:* Cook Co. -- Addition to Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve was identified on the INAI (#50) in recognition of extant high-quality mesic prairie. A cooperative effort of Save the Prairie Society, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and IDNR has successfully resulted in acquisition and preservation of this prairie. In 1989, Save the Prairie Society sought preliminary approval for dedication of a 3-acre tract as an addition to Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve. INPC conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this addition at its 125th Meeting in November, 1989 (Resolution #1017). Subsequently, this 3-acre parcel has been conveyed to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The Forest Preserve District now seeks final approval for dedication of this 3-acre tract as an addition to Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve.
REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Steven Byers                                                     Final Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 21:* Macoupin Co. -- Goode's Woods Nature Preserve, Dedication

Goode's Woods, formerly known as Macoupin Woods, located approximately 3.3 miles northeast of Palmyra in Macoupin County, is an approximately 40-acre high-quality dry-mesic upland forest recognized by the INAI (#183). Macoupin Woods received preliminary approval for dedication at INPC's 150th Meeting on February 6, 1996 (Resolution #1304). This woods is a gap list site -- the type of forest found here is not formally protected within its natural region, the Carlinville Section of the Western Forest-Prairie Natural Division. Macoupin Woods has been informally protected as an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark by its owner, David Goode, for over 15 years. Save the Prairie Society purchased this natural area from Mr. Goode and then sold it to IDNR. IDNR wishes to dedicate this area as an Illinois Nature Preserve.

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Tom Lerczak                                                     Final Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 22:* St. Clair Co. -- Pruitt Sinkholes Nature Preserve, Dedication

The Pruitt Sinkholes, owned by Charles and Melba Pruitt, are an important part of the Stemler Cave system in St. Clair County. Stemler Cave was recognized by the INAI (#939) for its terrestrial and aquatic cave communities, for the presence of the Illinois cave amphipod, an endangered species of cave invertebrate, and as an outstanding example of karst topography. The Pruitts propose to dedicate 2.5 acres as a nature preserve in order to protect several sinkholes that drain into Stemler Cave. The 120-acre Stemler Cave Woods Nature Preserve, owned by IDNR, is less than 1/4 mile from Pruitt Sinkholes. Pruitt Sinkholes received preliminary approval for dedication at INPC's 156th meeting on August 5, 1997 (Resolution #1370).

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Debbie Newman                                          Final Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 23:* St. Clair Co. -- Stemler Cave Nature Preserve, Dedication

Stemler Cave is a large cave in the sinkhole plain karst area of southwestern Illinois. The cave was recognized by the INAI (#939) for its high quality terrestrial and aquatic cave natural communities. The cave supports a population of an endangered invertebrate, the Illinois cave amphipod. The entrance to Stemler Cave is owned by Homer and Loretta Stemler. The Stemlers propose to dedicate one-acre surrounding the entrance to the cave as a nature preserve. Stemler Cave received preliminary approval for dedication at INPC's 155th Meeting on May 6, 1997 (Resolution #1357).

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Debbie Newman                                          Final Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 24:* Will Co. -- Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve, Dedication

The Forest Preserve District of Will County seeks final approval for dedication of 575.103 acres as the Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve; 358.032 acres are proposed for dedication as nature preserve and 217.071 acres are proposed for dedication as nature preserve buffer. The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of the nature preserve at its 155th Meeting on May 6, 1997 (Resolution #1358). At the request of the owner, final dedication was postponed from INPC's 156th Meeting on August 5, 1997, to the current meeting. The proposed nature preserve contains diverse examples of upland and floodplain forest, savanna, barrens, prairie, seep, fen, sedge meadow, and marsh as well as culturally-derived communities such as old field, successional forests and thickets. Unique and of ecological significance in Hickory Creek Barrens is the occurrence of "barrens", a rare natural community consisting of a shrubby prairie with a "shrub" oak component in its appropriate landscape context as a transition between forest, savanna and prairie communities. Barrens rarely persist today because these communities rapidly reverted to forest during settlement in the absence of natural disturbances such as fire, or cultural disturbances such as grazing.

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Brian Reilly                                                   Final Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 25: Update on Heron Pond Erosion Control

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 26:* INPC Boundary Changes to Areas 5 and 7

REPORT                                                     ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Don McFall                                                  Commission Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 27: Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Item 28: Other Business

Item 29: Adjournment