ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION AGENDA

ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIFTH MEETING

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
30 Ramey Street
Collinsville, IL 62234
October 26, 1999 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 164th Meeting, August 3, 1999

Item 4: 2000 Proposed Meeting Schedule and Locations

1 February - Illinois State Library, Springfield

2 May - Chicago Academy of Sciences, Chicago

1 August - Lexington Community Center, Lexington

31 October - Pere Marquette State Park Lodge, Grafton

Item 5: INPC Staff Report

REPORT
Carolyn Grosboll, Don McFall, and Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 6: IDNR Staff Report

REPORT
Carl Becker
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 7:* Hancock Co. - Jamar Haven Land and Water Reserve, Registration

The 195.81-acre proposed Jamar Haven Land and Water Reserve is owned by Gretchen Graft-Batz and Roger Batz. This site provides habitat for the state-threatened timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). Jamar Haven contains over 110 acres of forest, supporting forest sensitive breeding wildlife, and over 80 acres of grassland, supporting grassland sensitive breeding species. Significant archeological values and geological features are also present. A limestone cliff and rocky outcrops representative of the Glaciated Section of the Middle Mississippi Border Natural Division are found in the northwest corner along the bluff. The bluff overlooks the floodplain of the Mississippi River. The landowners intend to protect this site as a sanctuary for wildlife and plants. Much of the area will be restored to presettlement savanna and open woodland conditions. Allowable uses will include hiking, nature observation, photography, environmental education, and scientific research.

REPORT                                              ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Angella Moorehouse                             Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 8:* Massac Co. - Sielbeck Forest Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Sielbeck Forest is a 385.3-acre site located approximately eight miles northeast of the community of Joppa in Massac County. This site was recognized by the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI #0071) due to its high quality swamp and wet-mesic floodplain forest and is located in the Bottomlands Section of the Coastal Plain Natural Division. One state-endangered plant species, the large sedge (Carex gigantea) and one state-threatened plant species, the American snowbell (Styrax americana) are present at this site. It is the last high quality remnant of an extensive swamp and lowland forest wetland known as Big Black Slough. The site is owned and managed by the IDNR as a satellite of the Mermet Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area.

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

Item 9:* Union Co. - Guthrie Cave Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Guthrie Cave is a 79.3-acre site located approximately 1.5 miles southwest of Giant City State Park in Union County. This site was recognized by the INAI (#1021) for its high quality terrestrial and aquatic cave communities and is located in the Lesser Shawnee Hills Section of the Shawnee Hills Natural Division. At over two miles in length, it is one of the largest caves in southern Illinois. The site is owned and managed by the IDNR as a satellite of Trail of Tears State Forest. Recent stewardship projects at this site have included boundary surveys and exotic species control. The Nature Preserves Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this site as a nature preserve at its 121st Meeting (Resolution #995) on February 7, 1989. However, at this time the IDNR prefers to register the site as a Land and Water Reserve.

REPORT                                              ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Bob Lindsay                                          Registration Approval
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 10:* Edwards Co. - Beadles Barrens Nature Preserve, Dedication

Beadles Barrens is a 6-acre dry-mesic barrens located 4 miles southwest of Albion. Beadles Barrens was recognized by the INAI (#1547) in April, 1999, as Grade C best-of-its-kind barrens and is located in the Mt. Vernon Hill Country Section of the Southern Till Plain Natural Division. The natural area contains a minimum of 235 native plant species including the state-threatened blazing star (Liatris scariosa var. Nieuwlandii). Roger and Vivian Beadles own 5 acres of the natural area and wish to dedicate their portion as an Illinois Nature Preserve. If dedicated, Beadles Barrens Nature Preserve would provide permanent protection for a rare community type, a population of a state-threatened species, and the only site in Edwards County to be recognized by the INAI. The INPC staff recommends 5 acres of Beadles Barrens be granted preliminary approved for dedication as an Illinois Nature Preserve.

REPORT                                              ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Bob Edgin                                             Preliminary Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 11:* Kane Co. - Addition to Sleepy Hollow Ravine Nature Preserve, Dedication

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County proposes to dedicate Lots 3 and 4 of the Randall Point Executive Center II Subdivision in Elgin as additions to Sleepy Hollow Ravine Nature Preserve. Both lots are located within the INAI boundary for Sleepy Hollow Ravine. Lot 4 still retains its natural features and is proposed for dedication as nature preserve while the natural features of Lot 3 have been destroyed. This lot is proposed for dedication as nature preserve buffer. Sleepy Hollow Ravine was initially included on the INAI (#624) in recognition for high-quality seep, mesic upland forest, and barrens communities representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. The seep and forest survive within the ravine and the barrens are located atop either side of the ravine. The 7.4-acre Sleepy Hollow Ravine Nature Preserve, privately owned by Mr. Glen Spiegler, was granted preliminary approval for dedication at the Commission's 156th Meeting in August, 1997 (Resolution #1386) with final dedication granted in May, 1998 at the Commission's 159th Meeting (Resolution #1415). Preservation of Lots 3 (1.28 acres) and 4 (3.02 acres) as an addition to Sleepy Hollow Ravine will further protect elements of high-quality seep and mesic upland forest, and increase the size of the nature preserve from 7.2 acres to 11.5 acres. On behalf of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and the Fox Valley Land Foundation, INPC staff recommends preliminary approval for dedication of Lot 4 (3.02 acres) as nature preserve and Lot 3 (1.28 acres) as nature preserve buffer. In addition, the leadership and support of the following individuals have made this proposed addition a real conservation success story: Mr. Richard Panichi of PanCor; Ms. Kathy Hurlbut with Kane County; Ms. Nancy Fishman with The Grand Victoria Foundation; Mr. Tom Armstrong with the City of Elgin; Ms. Day Waterman with the Fox Valley Land Foundation; and Mr. Jon Duerr with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County.

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

Day Waterman
Fox Valley Land Foundation

Item 12:* Calhoun Co. - Jennings Family Hill Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Eileen Parrington, along with her son and daughter, Tom Parrington and Mary Krueztfeldt, propose to dedicate the Jennings Family Hill Prairie, a 29.06-acre natural area that has been in their family for more than 150 years. The site contains Grade A loess hill prairie, Grade A limestone cliff community, and Grade C mesic and dry-mesic upland forest. The hill prairie and limestone cliff are listed on the INAI (#1227). The hill prairie is home to conservative species such as bluehearts (Buchnera americana), Indian plantain (Cacalia plantaginea ), and leadplant (Amorpha canescens). The state-threatened timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) has also been known to inhabit the property. The site has been enrolled in the Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark program since 1988. If approved for dedication, Jennings Family Hill Prairie will be the first nature preserve in Calhoun County, and the first hill prairie in the Driftless Section of the Middle Mississippi Border Natural Division to be legally protected in perpetuity. The INPC conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this site at its 162nd Meeting on February 2, 1999 (Resolution #1460).

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

Item 13:* Cook Co. - Sundrop Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

The Nature Conservancy owns approximately 80 acres of mesic and wet-mesic prairie and sedge meadow complex known as Sundrop Prairie. The prairie and sedge meadow is representative of the original vegetation of the Chicago Lake Plain Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. The site received preliminary approval for dedication at the Commission's 145th Meeting in October, 1994 (Resolution #1249). This large prairie is one island in an archipelago of prairies known collectively as the Indian Boundary Prairies. The other prairies include Gensburg Markham Prairie Nature Preserve, Paintbrush Prairie Nature Preserve, and Dropseed Prairie Nature Preserve. Although Sundrop Prairie was not identified on the original INAI, it is considered an important and integral part of the Indian Boundary Prairies. The site supports a high-quality sedge meadow with a rich assemblage of plants (over 230 native plant species) including the state-threatened early fen sedge (Carex crawei). Due to its relatively large size, Sundrop Prairie attracts several grassland nesting birds and habitat restricted insects. Both The Nature Conservancy and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission staff recommend final approval for dedication of 80 acres of Sundrop Prairie as an Illinois Nature Preserve.

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

Item 14:* Hamilton Co. - Karcher's Post Oak Woods Nature Preserve, Dedication

The proposed Karcher's Post Oak Woods Nature Preserve is owned by the Illinois Audubon Society who wishes to dedicate the entire 39.5-acre tract as a nature preserve. Karcher's Post Oak Woods is located in the Mount Vernon Hill Country Section of the Southern Till Plain Natural Division of Illinois and contains 32 acres of very old-growth post oak (Quercus stellata) forest as recognized by the INAI. Many of the canopy trees are more than 150 years old with the largest trees approaching 36 inches in diameter and 225 years in age. Karcher's Post Oak Woods Nature Preserve was granted preliminary approval for dedication as an Illinois Nature Preserve at the Commission's 164th Meeting on August 3, 1999 (Resolution #1493).

REPORT                                              ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Bob Edgin                                             Final Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 15:* Marshall Co. - Addition to Hopewell Hill Prairies Nature Preserve, Dedication

Hopewell Hill Prairies Nature Preserve, owned by Maury Brucker and Emiko Yang, is a 2-acre tract (Lot #s 116 and 117) within the 78-acre Hopewell Estates Hill Prairies Natural Area (INAI #231). The natural area was recognized by the INAI for high quality glacial drift hill prairie and is located in the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division of Illinois. The property is located along the Illinois River bluffs approximately 18 miles northeast of Peoria in the Village of Hopewell. Mr. Brucker and Ms. Yang propose to dedicate approximately 1.1 acres of Grade B glacial drift hill prairie and Grade C woodlands on Lot #139 as an addition to Hopewell Hill Prairies Nature Preserve. The proposed addition is separated from the dedicated nature preserve by approximately 950 feet of privately owned, unprotected natural area, located mostly on very steep, undeveloped hillsides. The addition to Hopewell Hill Prairies Nature Preserve was granted preliminary approval for dedication as an addition to Hopewell Hill Prairies Nature Preserve at the Commission's 164th Meeting on August 3, 1999 (Resolution #1494). The INPC staff recommends 1.1 acres at Lot #139 in the Village of Hopewell be granted final approval as an addition to Hopewell Hill Prairies Nature Preserve.

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

Item 16:* McHenry Co. - Carol and Lydia & Tom and Brandon Addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve, Dedication

The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve at its 159th Meeting in May, 1998 (Resolution #1412). At that time the site was still owned by Randy and Laurie Wittman. Since then, Tom and Carol O'Donnell, in an effort to protect Boone Creek Fen from surrounding aggressive land development, purchased the property from the Wittmans. At this time, Tom & Carol O'Donnell wish to proceed with final dedication of the 2.57 acres as an addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve. The addition is located in the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division and includes graminoid fen and sedge meadow identified on the INAI (#1015). There is also an upland buffer consisting of dry-mesic savanna. Boone Creek Fen was granted final approval for dedication at the Commission's 156th Meeting in August, 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 Illinois Nature Preserves Commission staff along with Tom and Carol O'Donnell seek final approval for dedication of 2.57 acres as an addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve.

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

Item 17: Lake Co. - Illinois Beach Nature Preserve and North Dunes Nature Preserve - Update on Asbestos Investigations and Remediation

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 18:* Lake Co. - MacArthur Woods Nature Preserve - Request for Additional Equestrian Trail

REPORT
Vicky Ranney, Joyce O'Keefe, and Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 19: Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Item 20: Other Business

Item 21: Adjournment