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Illinois Nature Preserves Commission - RG 324 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Illinois Nature Preserves Commission - RG 324

Historical Note: The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission was created by the General Assembly in 1963 to approve or disapprove the acquisition of disposal of any interest in real property in the possession of the Department of Conservation; to advise that department in managing its real property; formulate policies for the selection, acquisition, management, and protection of nature preserves; and maintain registers and records of nature preserves, other areas of educational or scientific value, and habitats of rare and endangered plants and animals. It was composed on nine citizens interested in the preservation of natural lands who were appointed by the Governor. (L. 1963, pp. 3480-3481). In 1981 it further was charged with approving dedications of nature preserves as parts of the system, preparing master plans for the protection and management of nature preserves, conducting investigations and disseminating information and recommendations pertaining to nature preserves, promoting by advice and other assistance the protection of those natural areas in the state which are not dedicated as nature preserves, and submitting to the Governor a biennial report on the condition of each nature preserve (P.A. 82-445, pp. 2326-2341).

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