Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

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Attention: The 242nd Meeting of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission will be held on September 13th at Olney Central College, in Olney, IL. The meeting will begin at 10:00am in the Banquet Room. If you would like to attend in person, please email or call 217-785-8686. If you would like to join via WebEx click the Join Meeting button below at the time of the meeting. An agenda will be posted September 1st.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) is to assist private and public landowners in protecting high quality natural areas and habitats of endangered and threatened species; in perpetuity, through voluntary dedication or registration of such lands into the Illinois Nature Preserves System. The Commission promotes the preservation of these significant lands and provides leadership in their stewardship, management and protection.

Protecting Nature's Treasures

A tapestry of nature's treasures is protected in Illinois by a nationally acclaimed program called the Illinois Nature Preserves System. From the Cache River basin's cypress swamps in southern Illinois to the Illinois Beach dunes along Lake Michigan, many of our state's most rare, natural areas are protected as nature preserves. These last remaining remnants of our state's natural heritage are almost all that is left of the way the state looked in the early 1800s. 

Permanently protected by state law, nature preserves are private and public lands that have rare plants, animals, or other unique natural features. Ranging in size from one acre to more than 2,000 acres, nature preserves protect tall grass prairies, oak groves, sandstone bluffs, wetlands, bogs and other threatened natural areas. These lands are the last remnants of the Illinois wilderness, which provides homes for endangered species like the prairie white-fringed orchid, the Prairie Chicken and Illinois Chorus Frog.

Without this protection, many of these exceptional areas would be lost forever. Currently, nature preserves protect over 900 occurrences of endangered and threatened plants and animals. In fact, more than 20% of all Illinois endangered species are in state dedicated nature preserves.  Please follow this link to more about INPC Vision and Benefits.

Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
Phone: 217-785-8686

Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source's civil rights office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067; TTY 217/782-9175.