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Nov 1, 2021
  • Land
By Laura Kammin, Isabella Newingham

For those of us who are engaged with the natural world, there are those special places that we return to again and again. One such place is Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve.

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Nov 1, 2021
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By Christos Economou

Lake Forest Open Lands teamed up with Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves to seek a long-term, sustainable solution to conserve natural areas. They decided that a dedicated, well-mentored work, learn, and lead stewardship community offered the best chance to succeed.

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Nov 1, 2021
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By Danelle Haake

While our use of salt is effective at improving conditions for transportation, the introduction of salt is problematic for infrastructure, water supplies and wildlife. Learn about a new citizen science program to monitor salt levels in winter-time streams.

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Nov 1, 2021
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  • Research
By Sheryl DeVore

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is working to preserve this rare species where a stronghold remains in five counties—Mason, Menard, Cass, Morgan and Tazewell. A computer model now helps biologists locate potential sites for a plant that may lie dormant in the soiI for years.

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Nov 1, 2021
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  • Research
By Sheryl DeVore

Terry Esker, an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Stewardship Specialist, experienced an eureka moment when he saw plants with five pink petals and a yellow center in a field. Further investigation revealed it was the largest concentration of the state-endangered prairie rose gentian.

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A photo of Ann Holtrop
A message from Chief Ann Holtrop

Welcome to the November 2021 edition of the online magazine OutdoorIllinois Journal, featuring timely, seasonally based stories about the Prairie State’s wildlife resources, with an expansion of content to include a broader range of subjects—including endangered and threatened species and Illinois’ unique, high-quality habitats and the people working to preserve, protect and manage these resources.

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