The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recently announced the award of grants for wildlife enhancement projects made possible through donations to the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund.
The fund is a voluntary contribution check-off option on the Illinois state income tax form. In 29 years, approximately 1200 projects, ranging from habitat enhancements to species restoration, have been funded totaling more than $5.6 million.
Donations are tax deductible and may be made on Schedule G, line 1a of the IL-1040 form. Donations may also be sent to IDNR, Office of Resource Conservation, Division of Natural Heritage, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.
Local projects funded this year include:
• Ecological Services, $15,989 — Survey and update of historical element occurrence records for plants in IDNR Region 5, including Pope County.
• University of Illinois Board of Trustees, $7482 — Effects of White-nose Syndrome on Reproduction and Survival in Illinois Cave-hibernating Bat Species. This is an expansion of field studies being done in Vermilion, Johnson and Adams counties.
• Benda, Christopher, $2000 — Basic plant identification one-day workshops will be held Johnson, Massac, Pulaski and other counties.
• Illinois Native Plant Society Southern Chapter, $1500 — Continuing public education about native plants through a summer Wildflower Walk guide for Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and other counties.
• Shawnee Resource Conservation and Development Area Inc., $2000 — Public education regarding management practices for controlling invasive species. The Management of Invasive Plants of Southern Illinois guide and workshops will be offered in Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and other counties.
• University of Illinois Board of Trustees, $1980 — Sample and identify aquatic macro-invertebrates from seasonal wetlands located on public lands in counties including Pope and Johnson.