ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION AGENDA
ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-SIXTH MEETING

Wildlife Prairie Sate Park
3826 North Taylor Road
Peoria, IL 61615

August 6, 2002 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 the 175th Meeting, May 7, 2002

Item 4: Next Meeting Schedule

29 October, 10:00 a.m. - Rock Springs Center, Decatur

Item 5: 2003 Proposed Meeting Schedule

4 February, 10:00 a.m. - Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Springfield
6 May, 10:00 a.m. - Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford
5 August, 9:00 a.m. - Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield
28 October, 10:00 a.m. - Pere Marquette State Park Lodge, Grafton

Item 6: Election of Officers - INPC Nominating Committee Report

REPORT
Dr. Lorin Nevling
Nominating Committee
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Election of Officers

Item 7: Election of Advisors and Consultants

REPORT
Dr. Lorin Nevling
Nominating Committee
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Election of Advisors and Consultants

Nominated Advisors:

Dr. William Shilts Dr. George VanderVelde Dr. Derek Winstanley


Nominated Consultants:

Gerald Adelmann

John Comerio

Dr. Kenneth Robertson

Dr. Robert Betz

Kenneth Fiske Valerie Spale

Bruce Boyd

Jerry Paulson John Schmitt

Marilyn Campbell

Al Pyott John White

Item 8: INPC Staff Report

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

Item 9: IDNR Staff Report

REPORT
Glen Kruse
IDNR, Office of Resource Conservation

Item 10:* Cass Co. – Charles “Chinee” Colvin Sand Prairie Land and Water Reserve, Registration

The proposed Charles “Chinee” Colvin Sand Prairie Land and Water Reserve, owned by Ms. Sue Ann Terry, is a 40-acre site containing a disturbed, but recovering, sand prairie (approximately 2 acres) that is representative of the Illinois River Section of the Illinois River and Mississippi River Sand Areas Natural Division. Due to the site’s history as a landfill, from 1974 until 1994, natural communities and degraded areas currently co-exist within a complex mosaic that supports populations of the state-threatened Illinois chorus frog (Pseudacris streckeri illinoensis), the state-endangered Illinois mud turtle (Kinosternon flavenscens spooneri), the state-threatened regal fritillary butterfly (Speyeria idalia), the state-threatened Hall’s bulrush (Schoenoplectus hallii), the state-threatened umbrella sedge (Cyperus grayoides), and formerly state-threatened large-bracted corydalis (Corydalis curvisiliqua var. grandibracteata). Both the chorus frogs and mud turtles use the site’s ephemeral sand ponds during their short breeding seasons and sand prairie habitats during the longer dormant phases of their life cycles. Restoration management and landfill remediation will improve habitats across the entire site. The owner proposes to register the land in perpetuity.

REPORT
Tom Lerczak
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Registration Approval

Item 11:* Tazewell Co. – Fon du Lac Seep Land and Water Reserve, Registration

The proposed Fon du Lac Seep Land and Water Reserve, owned by the Fon du Lac Park District of East Peoria, is a 1.48-acre site that is included within the 17.33-acre Fon du Lac Seep Natural Area Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI #851), which exhibits natural communities characteristic of the Illinois River Section of the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois River Bottomlands Division. The Fon du Lac Park District purchased the proposed reserve using an IDNR C-2000 grant. For the entire state, a total of only 94 acres of high-quality seep were identified by the original INAI. The area being proposed for registration was partially filled and ditched by the previous owner in 1996. Some restoration occurred in 1997, but much work is still necessary before the site will once again be similar to natural communities at Bennett’s Terraqueous Gardens Nature Preserve, 40 feet to the south, and the grade B seep, 80 feet to the north. The Fon du Lac Park District wishes to completely restore the site to its previous high-quality condition and proposes to register the land in perpetuity.

REPORT
Tom Lerczak
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Registration Approval

Item 12:* Wabash Co. – Beall Woods Land and Water Reserve, Registration

Beall Woods State Park is owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and is located along the Wabash River in southeastern Wabash County. Much of the site is recognized by the INAI (#940) for its 298 acres of grade A and B dry-mesic upland forest, wet-mesic floodplain forest, wet floodplain forest and grade A sandstone cliff community. The majority of the high-quality forest has been previously dedicated as the 329-acre Beall Woods Nature Preserve. The proposed Beall Woods Land and Water Reserve contains 43 acres of the remaining IDNR-owned natural area at this site. The proposed reserve is composed of 13 acres of grade B dry-mesic upland forest, 20 acres of grade B wet-mesic floodplain forest, and 10 acres of adjoining successional forest. The forest buffers Coffee Creek, a low gradient stream that flows through the central part of the proposed reserve. In addition, the site provides suitable habitat for the state-endangered bloodleaf (Iresine rhizomatosa) which has been documented in the Coffee Creek basin south of the proposed reserve. Historic accounts have reported the presence of the state-threatened timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) at Beall Woods.

REPORT
Terry Esker
District Heritage Biologist
IDNR, Office of Resource Conservation, Region V

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Registration Approval

Item 13:* Lake Co. – Addition of Nature Preserve Buffer to Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve, Dedication

Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve is a 47-acre parcel located in central Lake County within the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division of Illinois. The site was recognized by the INAI (#1252) for its high-quality prairie and fen plant communities that include: mesic, wet-mesic and wet prairie; graminoid fen, sedge meadow, and marsh. In addition, the site provides habitat for the state-threatened slender bog arrow-grass (Triglochin palustris). Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve was conferred final approval for dedication at the Commission’s 129th Meeting in November, 1990 (Resolution #1047). On behalf of Libertyville Township and the Liberty Prairie Conservancy, the staff of the INPC endorses Mr. John White’s proposal for dedication of approximately 28 acres as an addition of nature preserve buffer to Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve. Dedication of this buffer will provide additional land protection on the north to northeast boundary as well as the south and southwest boundary and increase the size of the Nature Preserve from 47 to 75 acres. In addition, the buffer will provide increased habitat diversity and expand the potential for the ongoing restoration of Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve.

REPORT
Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Preliminary Approval for Dedication

Item 14:* Madison Co. – Great Rivers Addition to John M. Olin Nature Preserve, Dedication

The Great Rivers Land Trust and the Village of Godfrey propose to dedicate 7.18 acres known as the Great Rivers Addition of nature preserve to the John M. Olin Nature Preserve. The proposed addition also partly borders the Mississippi Sanctuary Nature Preserve. The Great Rivers Addition is located in the Glaciated Section of the Middle Mississippi Border Natural Division, and contains a small hill prairie, dry and dry-mesic upland forest, and limestone cliff. The proposed addition also provides habitat for the state-threatened timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). Dedication of the site will complete protection of a mile-long section of bluffline along the Mississippi River. The complex of adjoining lands in the area, including John M. Olin Nature Preserve, Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary Nature Preserve Buffer, Mississippi Sanctuary Nature Preserve, Poole Farm Nature Preserve Addition, Bachman Farm Nature Preserve Buffer Addition, and Oblate Fathers’ Woods Nature Preserve comprise a total 411 acres. This addition will increase the amount of contiguous preserved land to 418 acres.

REPORT
Debbie Newman
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Preliminary Approval for Dedication

Item 15:* Marshall Co. – Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve, Dedication

Oak Bluff Savanna, owned by Maury Brucker and Emiko Yang, is a 5-acre site included within the 15.2-acre Oak Bluff Prairie Natural Area (INAI #1559), recognized on the INAI for a 1.5-acre dry-mesic savanna. The proposed nature preserve supports plant communities (prairie, savanna, forest) representative of the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division. White oaks (Quercus alba) are the largest and most obvious trees within the high quality savanna, which supports small thickets of hazelnut (Corylus americana) and oak grubs. Flowers include yellow stargrass (Hypoxis hirsuta), Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum), and the state-threatened Hill’s thistle (Cirsium hillii). Bur oak (Q. macrocarpa) and chinquapin oak (Q. muehlenbergii) are also present. The proposed nature preserve includes a 1.0-acre grade C dry-mesic savanna, approximately 2.0 acres of grade C woods, plus a 0.5-acre prairie restoration on former agricultural fields, seeded exclusively from high-quality remnants within the natural area. Restoration management continues to improve the quality of this site.

REPORT
Tom Lerczak
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Preliminary Approval for Dedication

Item 16:* McHenry Co. – Amberin Ash Ridge Nature Preserve, Dedication

Ms. Deborah Staley wishes to dedicate Amberin Ash Ridge, a 9.8-acre tract of mesic upland forest and seep natural communities, as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Amberin Ash Ridge is located in the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division of Illinois. The site was previously presented to the Commission and granted preliminary approval for dedication as Nature Preserve Buffer to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve at the Commission’s 157th Meeting in October, 1997 (Resolution #1379) and approved for final dedication at the Commission’s 175th Meeting, May, 2002 (Resolution #1656). Since that time, the boundary for Boone Creek Fen and Seep INAI site has been expanded to include the entire Amberin Ash Ridge addition. Boone Creek Fen and Seep is a complex of wetland and upland communities included on the INAI (#1015) for extant high-quality sedge meadow and graminoid fen communities. The INPC staff recommends that Amberin Ash Ridge be conferred preliminary approval for dedication as an Illinois Nature Preserve. This recommendation is predicated upon the fact that Amberin Ash Ridge is located entirely within the boundary of the expanded INAI site; and the seep wetland communities that occur along the ground water discharge zone in Amberin Ash Ridge are high-quality plant communities.

REPORT
Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Preliminary Approval for Dedication

Item 17:* Lake Co. – Middlefork Savanna Nature Preserve, Dedication

Middlefork Savanna has frequently been described as the best surviving “mesic” or “black soil” savanna in Illinois, and is located in the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. Middlefork Savanna was recognized by the INAI (#1245) for its high-quality mesic savanna community. This community type is among the most rare in Illinois with only 2 acres of high-quality mesic savanna surviving in the State as reported by the INAI. The Nature Conservancy has described black soil savannas (or fine-textured-soil savannas) as “critically imperiled globally”. Other surviving natural communities include mesic and wet prairie, sedge meadow, and marsh. One federally-listed plant species, the Eastern prairie-fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea) and four state-listed species have been recorded at the site: golden sedge (Carex aurea), marsh speedwell (Veronica scutellata), and pale vetchling (Lathyrus ochroleucus). The Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is a state-threatened reptile reported from the site. Middlefork Savanna Nature Preserve is approximately 581.8 acres in size and is owned in part by the Lake County Forest Preserve District (499 acres) and the Lake Forest Open Lands Association (82.8 acres). Lake County Forest Preserve District is now seeking final approval for dedication of 375 acres as nature preserve and 124 acres as nature preserve buffer. The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this site at its 175th Meeting (Resolution #1649) in May, 2002.

REPORT
Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 18:* Lee Co. – Addition to Bartlett Woods Nature Preserve, Dedication

Bartlett Woods Nature Preserve, owned by the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District (LCSWCD), is a 23-acre remnant of mesic upland forest in Lee County. The site is listed on the INAI (#688) based on its status as a dedicated nature preserve (Category III). It is located in the northern portion of the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division of Illinois and within the floodplain of the upper portion of Big Bureau Creek. The Commission conferred final approval of dedication for this site at its 113th Meeting in February, 1987 (Resolution #926). In May, 2001, the LCSWCD acquired an adjacent 4-acre tract that is similar to the nature preserve (moderately disturbed upland mesic forest). The SWCD proposes to dedicate this 4-acre tract as an addition to Bartlett Woods Nature Preserve. The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this addition at its 175th Meeting (Resolution #1650) in May, 2002.

REPORT
Don McFall
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 19:* Logan Co. – Sandra Miller Bellrose Nature Preserve, Dedication

Frank and Esther Bellrose’s rural Logan County property includes a 0.8-mile segment of Sugar Creek-Salt Creek Drainage Natural Area (INAI #1521), recognized on the INAI for a high diversity of freshwater mussels (the criterion for inclusion on the INAI is a minimum of 10 live species). Recent surveys by the IDNR (July-August, 2000) have confirmed a high number of mussel species (17) and individuals (694) on Sugar Creek within and upstream of the Bellrose property. At the169th INPC Meeting, preliminary approval was given for 106 acres of the Bellrose property to be dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve (Resolution #1561), 35 acres of which have since been removed by the landowners from consideration as a dedicated nature preserve. The remaining proposed nature preserve, which still includes the original 0.8-mile segment of Sugar Creek, supports a stream community and terrestrial communities representative of the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division. Outside of Sugar Creek, the proposed nature preserve consists of a 9-acre tract of second growth upland forest and a separate 61-acre tract of second growth upland and bottomland forest. The larger tract forms a continuous forested riparian buffer for Sugar Creek; this forested buffer has a width ranging from about 100 feet to at least 700 feet. Benefits to stream communities from riparian buffer woods include: creation of shade and, thereby, reduction of water temperatures and algal growth; reduction of nutrient inputs into the stream; stabilization of stream banks; contributions to the stream food web from the input of fallen leaves; and the creation of habitat for aquatic organisms (e.g., aquatic invertebrates, fishes) through accumulations of woody debris.

REPORT
Tom Lerczak
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 20:* Logan Co. – Addition to Sandra Miller Bellrose Nature Preserve, Dedication

This 1-acre proposed addition to the Sandra Miller Bellrose Nature Preserve is located on the bluff lands adjacent to Sugar Creek-Salt Creek Drainage Natural Area (INAI #1521), and it is within the 106-acre tract given preliminary approval as an Illinois Nature Preserve at the 169th INPC meeting (Resolution #1561). The proposed 1-acre addition, owned by Ron Bellrose and Sandra Miller Bellrose, consists of second growth upland woods, which are characteristic of the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division. The woods are part of a continuous band of upland and bottomland woods running parallel to Sugar Creek, thereby serving as a natural stream buffer for its entire 0.8-mile length through Sandra Miller Bellrose Nature Preserve. Benefits to stream communities from uplands in natural vegetation include reduced runoff and reduced soil erosion and nutrient inputs to the stream. The Illinois Archeological Survey, in 1978, determined that this 1-acre site has archeological significance, as indicated by the presence of an Indian mound dating to the Woodland Culture.

REPORT
Tom Lerczak
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 21:* McHenry Co. – Lee Miglin Savanna Addition of Nature Preserve Buffer to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve, Dedication

Marilyn Miglin proposes to dedicate approximately 18 acres as an addition of nature preserve buffer to Boone Creek Fen Nature Preserve. Boone Creek Fen is a complex of wetland and upland communities included on the INAI (#1015) in recognition of high-quality sedge meadow and graminoid fen plant communities. Only 354 acres of high-quality fens survive in the entire State. The state-threatened slippershell (Alasmidonta viridis) mussel occurs in the stream embedded within this natural area. Boone Creek Fen is located in the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division of Illinois. Fen communities are dependent upon protection and stewardship of the surrounding landscapes and ground water recharge zones. The portion of Boone Creek Fen owned by Tom and Carol O’Donnell was conferred final approval for dedication by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission at its 156th Meeting in August, 1997 (Resolution #1376) with the Carol and Lydia and Tom and Brandon Addition receiving final approval at the Commission 167th Meeting in May, 2000 (Resolution #1540). The Spring Hollow Addition owned by Betty Babcock received final approval for dedication at the Commission’s 159th Meeting in May, 1998 (Resolution #1418). The Amberin Ash Ridge Addition, owned by Deborah Staley, is proposed for final approval at the Commission’s 175th Meeting in May, 2002. The proposed Lee Miglin Savanna addition includes elements of dry-mesic savanna and old field plant communities. More importantly, the proposed addition will protect both groundwater recharge and discharge zones for this natural area. The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this site at its 175th Meeting (Resolution #1651) in May, 2002.

REPORT
Steven Byers
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

Item 22:* Putnam Co. – Thomas W. and Elizabeth Moews Dore Seep Nature Preserve, Dedication

The proposed Thomas W. and Elizabeth Moews Dore Seep Nature Preserve, owned by the Ringbill Habitat Foundation, is a 26-acre seep and seep-related wetland community that was identified by the INAI as part of Senachwine Seep (#825). It is located within The Hennepin and Hopper Lakes Project, a 2,600-acre wetland restoration project along the Illinois River in Putnam County. It is the largest identified seep area in the Illinois River Section of the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois River Bottomlands Natural Division. The proposed nature preserve will be managed by The Wetlands Initiative (TWI) in conjunction with The Hennepin and Hopper Lakes Project. The Commission conferred preliminary approval for dedication of this site at its 175th Meeting (Resolution #1652) in May, 2002.

REPORT
Don McFall
Nature Preserves Commission

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Final Approval for Dedication

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

The Lake County Forest Preserve District in cooperation with Holterra Wildlife Management, a private consulting firm, is proposing to conduct a five-year experiment using the drug Spay-Vac to supplement control of white-tailed deer within Edward L. Ryerson Nature Preserve. Spay-Vac is a new animal drug recently registered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for research purposes only. This pre-proposal is brought to the Commission for information purposes at this time. The proposed research will involve preserve-wide impacts to plant and animal communities. The Commission will have to issue a special-use permit before the research can begin. The IDNR will also need to issue a research permit for this project.

REPORT
Randy Heidorn
Nature Preserves Commission

 

Item 24: 40th Anniversary of the Nature Preserves Commission

REPORT
Jill Allread
Nature Preserves Commission

 

Item 25:* Natural Areas Acquisition Fund Fiscal Year 2003 Land Acquisition and Stewardship Proposals

REPORT
Brian Reilly
IDNR, Office of Resource Conservation
Bill McClain
IDNR, Office of Resource Conservation

ACTION TO BE CONSIDERED
Commission Recommendation

Item 26: Public Comment Period (3 minutes per person)

Item 27: Other Business

Item 28: Adjournment

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