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Title:Nature Preserves Commission
Website:Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
Contact Name:Chris Young
Contact Title:Director
Contact Phone:217-785-8686
Function:The Commission maintains inventories and records of nature preserves, other natural areas, and species of plants and animals and their habitats; participates in protection and management of nature preserves; formulates policy and adopts rules for selection,acquisition, and dedication of land in nature preserves system, and protection of rare species' habitats, geological and archaeological sites, and artifacts.
Term:3 years (may be appointed to two full terms) and serves until replaced
Senate Confirmation:No
Party Affiliation:N/A
Qualifications:By statute, must be recommended by Director of Illinois Natural History Survey and of Illinois State Museum
Composition:9 members
Chair:Elected by members
Authority:525 ILCS 30/4

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Covington, George M.6/30/20189/10/2010GovernorSecretary, MemberLake
DauBach, Penelope6/30/201710/12/2012GovernorMemberMonroe
Lewis, Abigail6/30/20181/24/2014GovernorMemberCook
Miraglia, Radhika6/30/20236/30/2022GovernorVice Chair, MemberCook
Mogerman, Jo-Elle6/30/20219/24/2013GovernorMemberCook
Oplt, Toni Louise6/30/202411/18/2022GovernorMemberJackson
Parker, Michelle6/30/20256/30/2022GovernorMemberCook
Szafoni, Robert6/30/20256/30/2022GovernorMemberChampaign
Thomas, David L.6/30/20179/10/2010GovernorChair, MemberChampaign