Chicago Sun-Times
Stray Casts will intelligently report and observe, hopefully with a touch of wit, on daily occurrences, reports and releases related to Chicago-area outdoors from bucks to bass to birds to bugs

Illinois outdoors: More on nature preserves

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

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 Miller--marc.miller@illinois.gov--an 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.

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blogs.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/42598

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on September 5, 2011 10:58 AM.

Radio waves: Conlin on the IDNR was the previous entry in this blog.

Illinois Hunting Report: Doves, teal & Canada geese is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.