On Sunday, I wrote about how I was stunned by the reasonng to push for a small piece of Iroquois SWA--the 77 acres of the Leesville East Savanna--to be dedicated as a nature preserve.
I would not go so far as to say the reasoning is fraudelent, but it is bogus. My point isn't to rehash that breakdown. Hopefully you have already read it.
I have two concerns that come out of that, one immediate and one long term.
First, the immediate one. I wonder whether any more than one or two outdoorsmen or women will bother to drop IDNR director Marc Milleremail@example.com e-mail opposing the switch of the Leesville East Savanna to a nature preserve.
Second, the long term one. This is the first nature preserve where I looked at the reasoning for putting public land into a dedicated nature preserve. And I was stunned by the foolishness of it.
Now I wonder how many other patches of public land were locked down forever into nature preserve status for similarly bogus reasons.
That's a problem. Once lands go into nature preserve status in Illinois, they are locked into that virtually forever.
I will do more on this in coming days.