Aug 1, 2022
  • Land
By Christina Feng, Kathy Andrews Wright

If there is an education to be had in wild spaces, then the Cache River State Natural Area is quite the classroom. Located within Johnson, Massac, and Pulaski counties, the more than 17,000 acres of state land provides diverse habitats that foster a spectacular level of native biodiversity.

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Aug 1, 2022
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By Michelle Bloomquist, Justin Ramey, Chris Young

The Illinois Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) was created through an agreement between USDA/FSA and the state in March 1998. In 2015, the Illinois CREP program was placed under suspension due to the lack of a state budget. After CREP funding was reinstated in 2017, IDNR and FSA began the process to restart the program.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • Land
By Bryan Eubanks

Winter and early spring burns give a competitive advantage to aggressive, warm-season, tall grass species by suppressing desirable forb species. Without varying burn timing, land managers usually end up with low-diversity, grass-dominated plantings. In recent years, one tool used to help correct this imbalance is burning during the summer growing season.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • Land
By Gretchen Steele

Imagine for a moment the great southern deep-water swamps. They are filled with ancient bald cypress and water tupelo trees, whose buttresses are enormous, swollen, and large enough for a person to walk into in some cases. Can this possibly be in Illinois?

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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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Welcome to the August 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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