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May 2, 2022
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By Madelyn McFarland

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to protect, restore, and enhance 1,668 acres of wetlands and uplands on public and private lands across northwestern Illinois.

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May 2, 2022
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By Andrea Torres

The decurrent false aster was recognized as a species in 1985, and only grows along the Illinois River. As Illinois River floodplains were converted to farmland, the aster’s habitat was lost, and populations of this native species along with it. In 2020, conservationists began working towards promoting the regrowth of this federally threatened at Emiquon and Spunky Bottoms.

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May 2, 2022
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By Carla Rich Montez

Before the first official maps of Illinois would be complete in 1856, surveyors would inscribe thousands of witness trees as they measured and mapped the state. Their work would help future settlers find their land claims. But 200 years later those trees tell us so much more.

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May 2, 2022
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By Sheryl DeVore

Along the great Illinois and Mississippi rivers lies a natural division of sandy plains, dunes and blowouts, various wetlands and blackjack oak-dominated scrub woodlands. These habitats provide homes to rare plants and animals including cool and unusual insects.

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Feb 1, 2022
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By Kathy Andrews Wright

Regenerative agriculture may be a new term but the central theme—the use of cover crops—isn’t. Dating back more than 10,000 years, cover crops were used by farmers in ancient China, India and Italy.

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A photo of Ann Holtrop
A message from Chief Ann Holtrop

Welcome to the May 2022 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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