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The mission of the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board (ESPB/Board) is to protect those species of plants and animals native to Illinois which are in danger of being lost from the wild in Illinois.

The Board was created by the passage of the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act in 1972. The Board consists of nine members who are appointed by the Governor, and the Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR/Department) as a non-voting member. By law, the members include at least six naturalists, including at least two zoologists, two ecologists, and one botanist.

The 191st meeting of the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board will be held virtually on:

Aug 20, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Click here to attend the meeting via zoom.

Meeting ID: 840 5936 6188

Passcode: 616214

The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board extends its condolences to the family of Board member 

Dr. Tracy R. Evans who died March 16, 2021 at the age of 70. 


In addition to serving on the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board, she was a Research Associate with the Illinois State Museum, and a member of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Natural Areas Evaluations Committee. 

During her career, she was a biologist for the IDNR serving in various capacities, from site interpreter to conducting environmental reviews. Outside of work, she served as editor of Erigenia, the peer review journal of the Illinois Native Plant Society. 

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Blackburn College, and a Master of Science in Zoology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Following her retirement from IDNR, she received a Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her work centered on Management Implications for Invertebrate Assemblages in the Midwest American Agricultural Landscape. An article Dr. Evans wrote about her decision to seek a Ph.D. following her retirement can be found here. A full obituary can be found here.