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Illinois Restoration Information
There are many ways for you to support ecological restoration here in Illinois! These links will guide you to various groups which focus on helping maintain and restore the Illinois environment.
Champaign County Forest Preserve District
"The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is a local, property tax-supported government agency charged with the stewardship of five forest preserves covering 3,858 acres in Champaign County, Illinois."
"To realize this vision, Chicago Wilderness is an alliance of organizations that champions biodiversity and its contribution to the quality of life in the urban, suburban, and rural areas of the Chicago Metropolitan region."
The Conservation Foundation
"The mission of the Foundation is to preserve open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment. The Foundation maintains a support base of over 4,500 members and donors and 500 volunteers in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, Illinois."
The Ecology Action Center
"To inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening, and preserving a healthy environment."
Grand Prarie Friends
"Grand Prairie Friends is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, conservation organization composed of people from many walks of life who share a commitment to preserving and restoring tallgrass prairie and woodlands in east-central Illinois. Our mission is to preserve and restore natural communities in east-central Illinois and to promote an understanding and appreciation of natural resources."
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
"To manage, conserve and protect Illinois' natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public's understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois' natural resources for present and future generations."
List of Illinois Forest Preserve Districts
This University of Illinois guide includes a list of links to Forest Preserve districts in the state of Illinois.
The Nature Conservancy (Illinois)
The Nature Conservancy is a well known conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Nature Conservancy's projects include restoration sites in the state of Illinois.
"Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives."
The ParksLand Foundation
"The mission of the ParkLands Foundation is to preserve, protect and ecologically store historic natural lands in the middle and upper Mackinaw Valley watershed. These lands are dedicated primarily for preserving the biological diversity of native plans and wildlife, and secondarily for passive public recreation, environmental educational and scientific research."
Prairie Rivers Network
"Prairie Rivers Network strives to protect the rivers and streams of Illinois and to promote the lasting health and beauty of watershed communities. By providing information, sound science, and hands-on assistance, Prairie Rivers Network helps individuals and community groups become effective river conservation leaders."
Red Bison Ecological Restoration
"Red Bison's goal is not only to restore and recreate a natural prairie environment at our site, but to also promote natural area rehabilitation throughout the local area of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Red Bison gives students an excellent opportunity to get hands on experience working in and observing a prairie. We work in a variety of ways to aid the prairie in its recovery."