ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION AGENDA

ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHTH MEETING

Lexington Community Center
207 West Main
Lexington, Illinois 61753
August 1, 2000 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 167th Meeting, May 2, 2000

Item 4: Next Meeting Schedule

31 October - Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton.

Item 5: Election of Officers - INPC Nominating Committee Report

REPORT
Dr. Lorin Nevling, Chair, Nominating Committee
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 6:* Election of Advisors and Consultants

REPORT
Dr. Lorin Nevling, Chair, Nominating Committee
Nature Preserves Commission

Nominated Advisors:

Dr. Bill Shilts
Dr. George Vander Velde
Dr. Derek Winstanley

Nominated Consultants:

Gerald Adelmann
Marilyn Campbell
Dr. Kenneth Robertson

Dr. Robert Betz
Kenneth Fiske
Valerie Spale
Bruce Boyd
Al Pyott
John Comerio
John Schmitt

Item 7: INPC Staff Report

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

Item 8: IDNR Staff Report

REPORT
Todd Strole
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 9:* Monroe Co. - Luella Schaefer Memorial Hill Prairies Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Vernon Schaefer proposes to register as an Illinois Land and Water Reserve, 134.22 acres of the 724-acre Potato Hill Illinois Natural Areas Inventory site (INAI #200). The proposed reserve contains approximately four and one half acres of Grade A and B loess hill prairie, five acres of Grade A and B limestone glade, and 122 acres of Grade C dry and dry-mesic upland forest representative of the Northern Section of the Ozark Natural Division, and a 3-acre old field. This matrix of habitats is home to a variety of rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species, some of which are Ozark plateau or western plains species and have restricted ranges in Illinois. These include the Missouri coneflower (Rudbeckia missouriensis), slender heliotrope (Heliotropium tenellum), wooly buckthorn (Bumelia lanuginosa), all state-endangered, and the state-threatened timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). The Luella Schaefer Memorial Hill Prairies are located in the bluffs in western Monroe County. The proposed reserve is adjacent to Snakey Acres Natural Heritage Landmark and a few hundred feet from Potato Hill Natural Heritage Landmark.

REPORT                                                          ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Debbie Newman                                                Registration Approval
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 10:* Clay Co. - Martin T. Snyder Memorial Nature Preserve, Dedication

The proposed Martin T. Snyder Memorial Nature Preserve is a 93.5-acre tract that is also known as Hanging Rock Sandstone Cliff Natural Area. This site was donated to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in 1999. Hanging Rock Sandstone Cliff was identified by the INAI (#679) for its Grade A sandstone cliff, Grade B dry-mesic upland forest, and Grade C wet-mesic floodplain forest representative of the Mt. Vernon Hill Country Section of the Southern Till Plain Natural Division. The site was named for the extensive sandstone and shale cliffs that have been undercut by Raccoon Creek. These cliffs run for 700 yards along Raccoon Creek and are about 30 feet tall. The proposed nature preserve is a fragile natural community that supports over 375 species of plants and animals.

REPORT                                                          ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Terry Esker                                                       Preliminary Approval for Dedication
IDNR, Division of Natural Heritage

Item 11:* Cook Co. - Addition of Buffer to Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Save the Prairie Society seeks final approval for dedication of 3.75 acres as nature preserve buffer to Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve. The proposed addition received preliminary approval at the Commission's 149th Meeting in October, 1995 (Resolution #1293). Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve was included on the INAI (#50) in recognition of its high quality mesic prairie representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve has also been identified as one of the largest and best quality black soil prairies 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. Save the Prairie Society has worked diligently to preserve Wolf Road Prairie since its inception in 1975. On behalf of Save the Prairie Society, the INPC staff recommends final approval for dedication of 3.75 acres as nature preserve buffer to Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve.

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

Item 12:* Lake Co. - Brandenburg Lake Island Addition of Buffer to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve, Dedication

The INPC conferred preliminary approval for dedication of the Brandenburg Lake Island addition of buffer to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve at its 167th Meeting in May, 2000 (Resolution #1535). Nancy Brothers is requesting final dedication of this 23.08-acre island in Brandenburg Lake as nature preserve buffer to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve. The Brandenburg Lake Island addition consists of an undeveloped 23.08-acre island that supports elements of sedge meadow and dry mesic woodland. Both Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve and Brandenburg Bog addition are 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 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 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. On behalf of Mrs. Brothers, the INPC staff recommends final approval for dedication of Brandenburg Island as nature preserve buffer to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve.

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

Item 13:* Lake Co. - Addition to Spring Bluff Nature Preserve, Dedication

The Lake County Forest Preserve District seeks final approval for dedication of 11.27 acres as an addition to Spring Bluff Nature Preserve. The proposed addition received preliminary approval at the Commission's 167th Meeting in May, 2000 (Resolution #1536) . Spring Bluff Nature Preserve is a 274-acre site located in northeastern Illinois and was recognized on the INAI (as part of Illinois Dunes North, INAI #1066) for eight high to very high quality natural plant communities of three major classifications: prairie, savanna, and wetland. These natural communities are representative of the Lake Michigan Dunes Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. Spring Bluff Nature Preserve received final approval for dedication at the Commission's 135th Meeting in May, 1992 (Resolution #1126). The 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 and many of the natural plant communities that occur in the preserve. 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. On behalf of the Lake County Forest Preserve District, the INPC staff recommends final approval for dedication of 11.27 acres as an addition to Spring Bluff Nature Preserve.

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

Item 14:* McHenry Co. - Lindblom Tract Addition to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve, Dedication

Ralph and Mary Ellen Lindblom are seeking final approval to dedicate 2.34 acres as an addition to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve. The Lindblom tract was granted preliminary approval at the Commission's 167th Meeting in May, 2000 (Resolution # 1537). The addition is a privately owned tract of land that lies adjacent to Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve and is located in McHenry County, Illinois. Both Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve and the nearby Brandenburg Bog addition are 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 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. and Mrs. Lindblom, the INPC staff recommends final approval for dedication of this 2.34-acre addition.

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

Item 15: Lake Co. - Illinois Beach Nature Preserve and North Dunes Nature Preserve - Update on Asbestos Investigations and Remediation

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 16:* Update on Ad Hoc INPC Sign Committee

REPORT
Joyce O'Keefe
Nature Preserves Commission

Item 17: Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Item 18: Other Business

Item 19: Adjournment