What’s in Your Woodlands

In order to address problems with invasive species and loss of water quality due to pollution, this project would provide targeted small landowners in Woodford County an educational opportunity via a workshop on woodland and riparian establishment, restoration, and management. Topics covered in the workshop would include tree identification, tree planting and thinning techniques, prescribed burning, eradication of exotic species, and other practices that enhance woodland and riparian areas for wildlife habitat. The workshop would include speakers and displays from IDNR, NRCS, and other professional organizations or businesses, and also provide for a tour of properties where management strategies have been utilized.

What’s in Your Woodlands

Mackinaw River Watershed Management Plan 1998

This is a Mackinaw Watershed plan developed for everyone who lives in the watershed, as well as local governments and state and federal agencies who will help them achieve the goal of protecting the river and the land surrounding it. The persistent sediment is affecting the wildlife and biological diversity of the animals and plants living in the river. The draining of the river has had an effect on flooding and sedimentation. Runoff from towns and roads and soil from land have effected the quality of the river water. This project suggests goals that will help protect the river, and the plan requires voluntary action.

 Mackinaw River Watershed Management Plan 1998

Evergreen Lake Watershed Plan

This is a management plan to protect and improve the water quality of Evergreen Lake. Background information on the problems of pollution and runoff influencing is provided. Possible ideas to improve the situation of the water are given along with plans of implementation. It gives an overall action plan to improving Evergreen Lake.

Evergreen Lake Watershed Plan 

Forest Conservation and Management

Forests in our agricultural or urbanized landscapes areespecially vulnerable to degradation. Since 1997, the CTAP biological monitoring program has systematically studied Illinois’ forests. This brochure summarizes the best scienceand data available regarding four major aspects of forest conservation and management.

 Forest Conservation and Management

Illinois’ Forest Resourcs (2005)

A complete annual inventory consists of measurements and data compiled and reported for all plots in all five panels. Once all panels have been measured and the inventory is complete, a new inventory will begin and one panel of plots will be remeasured every year on a 5-year cycle. This report presents results from the completed fifth inventory (2001-05) of Illinois’ forest resources.

Illinois’ Forest Resourcs (2005)

Ecological Principles and Guidelines for Managing the Use of Land

The five ecological principles deal with time, species, place, disturbance,and the landscape. These principles dictate several guidelines for land use. These guidelines suggest that land managers should examine impacts of local decisions in a regional context, plan for long-term change and unexpected events, preserve rare landscape elements and associated species, avoid land uses that deplete natural resources, retain large contiguous or connected areas that contain critical habitats, minimize the introduction and spread of nonnative species, avoid or compensate for the effects of development on ecological processes, and implement land-use and management practices that are compatible with the natural potential of the area.

Ecological Principles and Guidelines for Managing the Use of Land

 

IL River Basin Comprehensive Plan

This Comprehensive Plan provides the vision, goals, objectives, desired future, and identifies the preferred alternative plan to restore the ecological integrity of the Illinois River Basin System. This plan documents the need for and potential scope of four components: a restoration program; a long-term resource monitoring program; a computerized inventory and analysis system; and a program to encourage sediment removal technology, sediment characterization, sediment transport, and beneficial uses of sediment. An implementation framework and criteria are also presented to guide the identification, selection, study and implementation of restoration projects, monitoring and adaptive management activities, and further system investigations.

IL River Basin Comprehensive Plan

Critical Trends Assessment Report, 2003

This assessment is a compilation of research articles looking at forestry, invasive species, and water quality and the effect they have on biodiversity and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of an area. They make suggestions about the direction the various locations are headed in terms of diversity and native species preservation.

 Critical Trends Assessment Report, 2003