State awards $113K in wildlife habitat improvement grants



The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this week more than $113,000 in grants. The money comes from the Pheasant Fund’s Special Wildlife Grant Program. It is supplemented by proceeds from the sale of habitat stamps.

The Logan County-based Quail and Upland Game Coalition will receive $83,362 to complete “wildlife-friendly management” of pheasant ranges on both public and private land . The union will put out about $25,300 in matching funds.

Work will be conducted on land that is not part of the federal Conservation Reserve Program nor on registered land.

CRP pays farmers to take environmentally sensitive land out of production and use that land to grow crops that improve the environment.

A $30,000 grant was awarded to the Natural Lands Institute. The Rockford-based organization’s work at Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek in Winnebago County aims to restore 120 acres (48.6 ha) of native grassland and improve 277 acres (112 ha) of grassland and existing forests.

NLI officers say the restored areas will provide better nesting sites and feeding opportunities for a wide variety of wildlife, including endangered and endangered species .

The Department of Natural Resources has information online about the next round of grants. State awards $113K in wildlife habitat improvement grants


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