ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION AGENDA

ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-SEVENTH MEETING
Rotary Building
Crystal Lake Park District
431 North Walkup
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
May 2, 2000 9:00 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 Special Meeting, January 31, 2000, and Approval of Minutes of 166th Meeting, February 1, 2000

Item 4: Next Meeting Schedule

1 August - Lexington Community Center, Lexington
31 October - Pere Marquette State Park Lodge, Grafton

Item 5:* Natural Areas Acquisition Fund Fiscal Year 2001 Land Acquisition Proposals

The Natural Areas Acquisition Fund (NAAF) is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The IDNR Director has asked the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) to serve as an advisory body to IDNR on the use of the NAAF and to recommend specific land acquisition projects to the Director of the IDNR. Potential recommendations for fiscal year 2001 include 37 tracts of land within 22 natural areas. Each of the 37 tracts meets one of the following criteria: are included on the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI), buffers an INAI site, or buffers a nature preserve or land and water reserve owned by the IDNR. All of the proposed parcels protect or buffer a high quality natural community and/or provide habitat for endangered and threatened species of plants and animals. The 37 tracts total 5,774 acres and will cost approximately $9,100,000. $5,000,000 is allocated out of the NAAF for land acquisition this fiscal year. The 37 tracts makes up a longer list than will be possible to acquire with $5,000,000. However, the longer list provides the IDNR the flexibility to acquire natural areas on a willing seller basis as opportunities arise.

REPORT                                               ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Todd Strole                                            Commission Recommendation

Brian Reilly
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 6: INPC Staff Report

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

Item 7: IDNR Staff Report

REPORT
Todd Strole
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 8:* Clay Co. - Padgett Brothers Sweet Gum Woods Land and Water Reserve, Registration

The proposed 60-acre Padgett Brothers Sweet Gum Woods Land and Water Reserve is owned by Patrick and Kathy Padgett, Jeffery Padgett and Jodie Hovermale, and James and Mary Padgett. The proposed Reserve provides riparian buffer for a nearly three-quarter mile segment of the Little Wabash River, a biologically significant stream (INAI #1156). State-endangered species found in the Little Wabash River basin include the little spectacle case mussel (Villosa lienosa), purple lilliput mussel (Toxolasma lividus), pyramid pigtoe mussel (Pleurobema rubrum), and Indiana crayfish (Orconectes indianensis). State-threatened species include the spike mussel (Elliptio dilata) and the redspotted sunfish (Lepomis miniatus). Orconectes stannardi, a crayfish endemic to the Little Wabash River, and the copperbelly water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta), a candidate for listing as a federally-endangered species, are also known to inhabit these waters. The proposed Reserve is not within the boundaries established by the INAI; however, the spike mussel and Orconectes stannardi have been collected at a site approximately one mile from the proposed Reserve. The site is representative of the Bottomlands Section of the Wabash Border Natural Division. Allowable uses include hiking, nature observation and study, photography, scientific research, hunting, fishing, and timber harvesting. The landowners are retaining the mineral rights for the area. Timber harvests will be conducted in accordance with an approved forest management plan.

REPORT                                               ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Bob Edgin                                              Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 9:* Jasper and Marion Co. - Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Land and Water Reserve, Registration

This proposed land and water reserve, owned by the IDNR, consists of 700.06 acres in Jasper County and 327.5 acres in Marion County (total of 1027.56 acres). This area is recognized in the INAI as Prairie Ridge - Jasper County (INAI #601) and Prairie Ridge - Marion County (INAI #754) with exceptional/significant features in Category II (Endangered and Threatened Species). The site is located in the Southern Till Plain Natural Division. The site's ecosystem based management plan provides for a rich diversity of plant and animal species occurring within its grassland/wetland habitat complex. Currently, there are 37 species of special concern that have been documented on Prairie Ridge State Natural Area (PRSNA) including 17 state-endangered, 9 state-threatened, 6 watch list species and 5 additional area sensitive species. Among these are breeding populations of 8 state-endangered and 2 state-threatened bird species, 2 state-endangered and 1 state-threatened plant species, and 2 state-threatened reptile species. Additionally, all 10 of the grassland area sensitive bird species found in Illinois have been documented at Prairie Ridge and 8 are known to breed here. PRSNA has the state's largest breeding populations of northern harriers (Circus cyaneus), short-eared owls (Asio flammeus), barn owls (Tyto alba) and prairie chickens (Tympanuchus cupido), all of which are state-endangered grassland birds. The IDNR and the INPC staff recommend registration of Prairie Ridge State Natural Area as an Illinois Land and Water Reserve.

REPORT                                               ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Scott Simpson                                        Registration Approval
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 10:* Jasper and Marion Co. - Prairie Ridge Land and Water Reserve, Registration

This proposed land and water reserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy, consists of 588.5 acres in Jasper County and 520 acres in Marion County (total of 1108.5 acres). This area is recognized in the INAI as Prairie Ridge - Jasper County (INAI #601) and Prairie Ridge - Marion County (INAI #754) with exceptional/significant features in Category II (Endangered and Threatened Species). The site is located in the Southern Till Plain Natural Division. The site's ecosystem based management plan provides for a rich diversity of plant and animal species occurring within its grassland/wetland habitat complex. Currently, there are 37 species of special concern that have been documented on Prairie Ridge including 17 state-endangered, 9 state-threatened, 6 watch list species and 5 additional area sensitive species. Among these are breeding populations of 8 state-endangered and 2 state-threatened bird species, 2 state-endangered and 1 state-threatened plant species, and 2 state-threatened reptile species. Additionally, all 10 of the grassland area sensitive bird species found in Illinois have been documented at Prairie Ridge and 8 are known to breed here. Prairie Ridge has the state's largest breeding populations of northern harriers (Circus cyaneus), short-eared owls (Asio flammeus), barn owls (Tyto alba) and prairie chickens (Tympanuchus cupido), all of which are state-endangered grassland birds. The Nature Conservancy and the INPC staff recommend registration of Prairie Ridge as an Illinois Land and Water Reserve.

REPORT                                               ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Scott Simpson                                        Registration Approval
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 11:* Mason Co. - Speckman - Stelter Woods Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Speckman-Stelter Woods, near Havana, is owned by Irma Stelter. The proposed Reserve is an approximately 42.3-acre tract of Grade C woodlands, 13 acres of which are recognized as a portion of White Oak Creek Woods Natural Area (INAI #126). Speckman-Stelter Woods is the best example of the dry sand forest natural community with a white oak (Quercus alba) component within the Illinois River Section of the Illinois River and Mississippi River Sand Areas Natural Division. Black oak (Quercus velutina) is dominant throughout the woods. Though portions of the woods were selectively logged as recently as the 1980's, old-growth characteristics are still in place, and will become more evident with time and restoration management. Also, the proposed Reserve possesses additional ecological importance because of its location along the wooded Illinois River bluffs, which function as a wooded flyway for migrating songbirds through the highly agricultural and urbanized landscape of central Illinois. Irma Stelter and family (husband, Julius and daughters, Diane and Donna) and the INPC staff recommend registration of Speckman-Stelter Woods as an Illinois Land and Water Reserve.

REPORT                                               ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Tom Lerczak                                          Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 12:* McDonough Co. - Nenawakwa Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Nenawakwa, owned by Margaret Ovitt and Dr. Edwin Card, is a 142.54-acre degraded savanna in the Galesburg Section of the Western Forest-Prairie Natural Division. The proposed Reserve is located 5 miles southwest of Macomb in McDonough County, Illinois. During the summer of 1999, an immature and a breeding pair of state-endangered Henslow's sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) were observed within a 10-acre prairie restoration within the northwest portion of Nenawakwa. This site also provides 88 acres of grassland habitat which supports breeding grassland wildlife such as: sedge wren (Cistothorus platensis), dickcissel (Spiza americana), field sparrow (Spizella pusilla), northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus), common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas), American kestrel (Falco sparverius), eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis), indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea), and meadow fritillary (Clossiana bellona). Although the savanna communities have been disturbed from grazing, timber harvest, and cultivation, remnants of hill prairie and post oak groves remain. The landowners have been actively restoring the site to presettlement savanna conditions since purchasing the site in 1995. Management activities include: prescribed fire, seeding former crop fields to native Illinois eco-type prairie and savanna vegetation, and brush cutting and herbicide treatment to control invasive woody plants.

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

Item 13:* McDonough Co. - Addition to Thistle Hills Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Thistle Hills, owned by Dr. Robert and Alice Henry, was registered as the sixth Illinois Land and Water Reserve. The Reserve protects a substantial population of state-threatened Hill's thistles. The proposed addition to Thistle Hills Reserve includes 53.18 acres and provides breeding habitat for the state-endangered Henslow's sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii). This is one of four known breeding locations for the Henslow's sparrow within a corridor of the LaMoine River watershed, in the central portion of McDonough County. As these birds prefer tallgrass prairie which has not burned for 3-5 years, attempts will be made to coordinate prescribed burning to ensure that suitable breeding habitat is available every year within this corridor. The addition will increase the size of the existing 14.16-acre Reserve to a total of 67.34 acres. This addition consists of woodlands and hill prairies representative of the Galesburg Section of the Western Forest-Prairie Natural Division, prairie restoration, and crop fields. Future plans call for the restoration of crop fields to provide habitat for grassland wildlife.

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

Item 14:* Wayne Co. - Padgett Pin Oak Woods Land and Water Reserve, Registration

The proposed 158-acre Padgett Pin Oak Woods Land and Water Reserve is owned by James L. and June Padgett. The proposed Reserve contains 86.2 acres of bottomland forest, representative of the Bottomlands Section of the Wabash Border Natural Division, and 71.8 acres of grassland that provide riparian buffer for a nearly one-half mile segment of the Little Wabash River, a biologically significant stream (INAI #1156). Eighty-two species of fish, 47 species of mussels, and 19 species of crustaceans are known from the Little Wabash River drainage. State-endangered species found in the Little Wabash River basin include the little spectacle case mussel (Villosa lienosa), purple lilliput mussel (Toxolasma lividus), pyramid pigtoe mussel (Pleurobema rubrum), and Indiana crayfish (Orconectes indianensis). State-threatened species include the spike mussel (Elliptio dilata) and the redspotted sunfish (Lepomis miniatus). The copperbelly water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta), a candidate for listing as a federally-endangered species has been observed on the site.

Allowable uses include hiking, nature observation and study, photography, scientific research, hunting, fishing, and timber harvests. The landowners are retaining the mineral rights for the area. Timber harvests will be conducted in accordance with an approved forest management plan. The family is requesting that an existing unimproved road, hiking trails, and a primitive camp site be permitted within the Reserve.

REPORT                                                ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Bob Edgin                                               Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 15:* Lake Co. - Brandenburg Lake Island Addition of Buffer to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve, Dedication

Nancy Brothers wishes to dedicate a 23.08-acre island in Brandenburg Lake as nature preserve buffer to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve. The proposed Brandenburg Lake Island addition consists of an undeveloped 23.08-acre island that supports elements of sedge meadow and dry-mesic woodland representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. Both the Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve and Brandenburg Bog addition are considered part of Volo Bog State Natural Area, which is owned by the IDNR. Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve was conferred final approval for dedication at the Commission's 53rd Meeting in October, 1974 (Resolution #352). In 1986, the Commission conferred final approval for the dedication of the 140-acre Brandenburg Bog addition to Pistakee Bog at its 111th Meeting (Resolution #899). More recently, the Commission conferred final approval for dedication of a disjunct 31.47-acre addition to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve at its 161st Meeting in October 1998 (Resolution #1452). This addition was purchased by the IDNR in 1994 and is also considered part of Volo Bog State Natural Area. Collectively, the 900.69-acre Volo Bog State Natural Area includes three wetland basins (Pistakee Bog, Brandenburg Bog, and Volo Bog) and surrounding uplands. Located within the three wetland basins are seven different high-quality wetland plant communities with over 35 state-listed species recorded. Dedication of this 23.08-acre buffer to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve will protect existing natural resources on the island and protect Brandenburg Lake and the nearby Brandenburg Bog addition from adverse impacts to aquatic systems typically associated with residential development. Therefore, on behalf of Mrs. Brothers, the INPC staff recommends preliminary approval for dedication of the Brandenburg Island as nature preserve buffer to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve. In addition, Commission staff would like to acknowledge Donald and Nancy Brothers and their family for their interest in preserving the island and helping to protect the natural resources of the region.

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

Item 16:* Lake Co. - Addition to Spring Bluff Nature Preserve, Dedication

Lake County Forest Preserve District (LCFPD) seeks preliminary approval for dedication of 11.27 acres as an addition to Spring Bluff Nature Preserve. Spring Bluff Nature Preserve is a 274-acre site located in Northeastern Illinois and recognized on the INAI (as part of Illinois Dunes North, INAI #1066) for eight different high to very high quality natural communities of three major classifications: prairie, savanna, and wetland. The site received final approval for dedication at the Commission's 135th Meeting in May, 1992 (Resolution #1126). The proposed 11.27-acre addition is contiguous with the western boundary of Spring Bluff Nature Preserve and contains high quality mesic prairie and graminoid fen or seep representative of the Lake Michigan Dunes Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. Dedication of this addition will increase the acreage of Spring Bluff Nature Preserve from 274 to 285.27 acres. Spring Bluff Nature Preserve is part of an even greater assemblage of natural communities along Lake Michigan that include Illinois Beach (INAI #1083), Illinois Dunes North (INAI #1066), and the Chiwaukee Prairie located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. Collectively, this area encompasses approximately 2,000 acres and supports over 15 high quality communities including habitat for over 20 state-listed plant species and over 15 state-listed wildlife species. Therefore, on behalf of the LCFPD, the INPC staff recommends preliminary approval for dedication of 11.27 acres as an addition to Spring Bluff Nature Preserve.

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

Item 17:* McHenry Co. - Lindblom Addition to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve, Dedication

Ralph Lindblom proposes to dedicate 2.34 acres as an addition to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve. The proposed addition is a privately-owned tract of land that lies adjacent to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve and is located in McHenry County, Illinois. Both the Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve and the nearby Brandenburg Bog addition are considered part of Volo Bog State Natural Area, which is owned by the IDNR. Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve was conferred final approval for dedication at the Commission's 53rd Meeting in October, 1974 (Resolution #352). In 1986, the Commission conferred final approval for the dedication of the 140-acre Brandenburg Bog addition to Pistakee Bog at its 111th Meeting (Resolution #899). More recently, the Commission conferred final approval for dedication of a disjunct 31.47-acre addition to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve at its 161st Meeting in October, 1998 (Resolution #1452). This addition was purchased by the IDNR in 1994 and is also considered part of Volo Bog State Natural Area. Collectively, the 900.69-acre Volo Bog State Natural Area includes three wetland basins (Pistakee Bog, Brandenburg Bog, and Volo Bog) and surrounding uplands. Located within the three wetland basins are seven different high-quality wetland plant communities representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division with over 35 recorded state-listed plant and animal species. The proposed Lindblom Tract addition consists of 2.34 acres of high-quality wetlands identified on the INAI (#983). Dedication of this addition will preserve natural plant communities originally identified on the INAI for Pistakee Bog, enlarge and further protect Pistakee Bog from incompatible land uses, and facilitate management of the entire wetland basin by the IDNR. On behalf of Mr. Lindblom, the INPC staff recommend preliminary approval for dedication of this 2.34-acre addition and wish to acknowledge Mr. Lindblom's interest in protecting the unique wetland resources of Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve.

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

Item 18:* Kane Co. - Addition of Nature Preserve and Nature Preserve Buffer to Sleepy Hollow Ravine Nature Preserve, Dedication

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County (FPDKC) wishes to dedicate Lot 3 (1.28 acres) as nature preserve buffer & Lot 4 (3.02 acres) as an addition to Sleepy Hollow Ravine Nature Preserve. Both lots are part of the Randall Point Executive Center II Subdivision, in the City of Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, and located within the INAI boundary for Sleepy Hollow Ravine. Lot 4 still retains its natural features and was granted preliminary approval for dedication as nature preserve while the natural features of Lot 3 have been damaged and was granted preliminary approval as nature preserve buffer at the Commission's 165th Meeting in October,1999 (Resolution #1508). Sleepy Hollow Ravine was initially included on the INAI (#624) in recognition for high-quality seep and mesic upland forest communities, representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division, surviving within the ravine and barrens 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). On behalf of the FPDKC and the Fox Valley Land Foundation, INPC staff recommends final approval for dedication of Lot 4 (3.02 acres) as nature preserve and Lot 3 (1.28 acres) as nature preserve buffer. Dedication of these lots will preserve surviving high quality mesic upland forest, increase the size of Sleepy Hollow Ravine Nature Preserve from 7.2 acres to 11.5 acres, and protect the ravine from changes in surface hydrology.

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

Day Waterman
Fox Valley Land Foundation

Item 19:* Macoupin Co. - Roderick Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Roderick Prairie, near Carlinville, is owned by Don and Trish Roderick. The proposed 6-acre Preserve includes Roderick Barrens Natural Area (INAI #1561) plus adjacent woodlands. Healthy populations of the state-threatened prairie trout lily (Erythronium mesochoreum) and state-endangered large ground plum (Astragalus crassicarpus var. trichocalyx) are present within a high diversity barrens community, a once common but now rare natural community of the Carlinville Section of the Western Forest-Prairie Natural Division. Preliminary approval as a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve was conferred at the 166th INPC Meeting (Resolution #1519). The INPC staff recommends final approval for dedication of the 6-acre Roderick Prairie as an Illinois Nature Preserve.

REPORT                                               ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Thomas V. Lerczak                                Final Approval for Dedication
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 20:* McHenry Co. - Carol and Lydia & Tom and Brandon Addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve, Dedication

The INPC 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 owned by Randy and Laurie Wittman. Since then, Tom and Carol O'Donnell purchased the property from the Wittmans in an effort to protect Boone Creek Fen from surrounding aggressive land development. At this time, Tom and Carol O'Donnell wish to proceed with final dedication of 2.43 acres as an addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve. The addition includes graminoid fen and sedge meadow communities, representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division, identified on the INAI and an upland buffer consisting of dry-mesic savanna. Boone Creek Fen was identified on the INAI (#1015) and 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 INPC staff, along with Tom and Carol O'Donnell, seek final approval for dedication of 2.43 acres as an addition to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve.

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

Carol O'Donnell

Item 21:* McHenry Co. - Gene and Katharine Barnes Addition of Nature Preserve and Nature Preserve Buffer to Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve, Dedication

Mrs. Katharine Barnes proposes to dedicate 39.73 acres of adjacent uplands known as the Gene and Katharine Barnes Addition to Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve. Of that total, 11.4 acres are proposed for dedication as nature preserve, while the balance (28.33 acres) is proposed for dedication as nature preserve buffer. Elizabeth Lake is a 172.6-acre nature preserve that is owned by the McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD). Elizabeth Lake was included on the INAI (#1014) in recognition of extant high-quality wetland communities (pond, marsh, graminoid bog, graminoid fen, and calcareous floating mat), representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. Nine state-listed plant species occur at the site. The MCCD Natural Areas Inventory, published in 1998, recognizes extant high-quality sedge meadow wetland communities and reveals the presence of 10 state-listed animal species. The INPC conferred final approval for dedication of Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve (115.8 acres) at its 102nd Meeting in January, 1985 (Resolution #829). In May, 1988, at its 118th Meeting, the Commission conferred final approval for a 56.8-acre addition (Resolution #970). At the Commission's 166th Meeting, February, 2000, preliminary approval was granted for the Gene and Katharine Barnes Addition to Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve (Resolution #1520). On behalf of Mrs. Katharine Barnes, the staff of the INPC recommends final dedication be granted for this 39.73-acre tract known as the Gene and Katharine Barnes Addition to Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve. Dedication of this addition will protect mature oak woodlands and important groundwater recharge zones for the groundwater dependent wetlands surviving in Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve and increase the area preserved from 172.6 acres to 212.3 acres.

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

Item 22:* McHenry Co. - Lake Defiance Addition to Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve, Dedication

The IDNR proposes to dedicate the Lake Defiance Addition to Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve. This 62.4-acre addition lies within the boundaries of the INAI for Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve (INAI#1012) which was recognized for extant high-quality calcareous floating mat, graminoid fen, low shrub bog, marsh, pond, and sedge meadow communities, representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. In addition, the INAI recorded 22 Category II (state-listed) species. Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve and the Lake Defiance addition are located within Moraine Hills State Park. Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve was granted preliminary approval for dedication at the Commission's 50th Meeting in January, 1974 (Resolution #321) and final approval was granted at the Commission's 53rd Meeting in October, 1974 (Resolution #350). In October, 1997, preliminary approval was granted for a 5-acre buffer, known as Robert's Marsh, to Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve. The Lake Defiance Addition to Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve received preliminary approval for dedication at the Commission's 166th Meeting this past February, 2000 (Resolution #1521). Preservation of this addition is consistent with good preserve design recommendations, will allow the IDNR to manage the wetland basin as one unit, preserve wetland resources considered of state-wide ecological significance, and will protect the wetland from incompatible land uses. Therefore, staff of both the INPC and the IDNR are pleased to recommend final approval for dedication of the 62.4-acre Lake Defiance addition to Kettle Moraine Nature Preserve.

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

Item 23: Lake Co. - Illinois Beach Nature Preserve and North Dunes Nature Preserve - Update on Asbestos Investigations and Remediation

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 24: Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Item 25: Other Business

Item 26: Adjournment