Contact IDNR CREP staff

Program Manager

Michelle Bloomquist (217) 782-4919

As the program manager, Michelle oversees policy, budget, and implementation of the CREP program.

Private Lands Ecologist

Justin Ramey ​(217) 524-6110

As the program Ecologist, Justin is responsible for technical assistance and conservation resource planning on CREP easements.

Administrative Assistant

Robert Bedient (217) 785-8280

Bob provides information on the program’s watershed improvement goals, and the process for applying for a CREP conservation easement. Current landowners with an active easement in place, should feel free to contact him. Additionally, inquiries regarding other private landowner conservation programs can be answered or properly directed within the Private Lands Division. 

GIS Specialist

Michael Bishop (217) 785-8295 

As a Geographic Information Systems Specialist, Michael is responsible for creating, editing, managing and analyzing spatial data related to the CREP program.

GPSI Intern

Louisa VanAkkeren

Louisa is currently working toward her master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Springfield in Environmental Science. She does a variety of tasks including graphics, field work, and data entry. She will do her best to answer any questions or direct you to someone who can.