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What is Conservation Congress?

Conservation Congress 2014

The mission of the Illinois Conservation Congress is to give the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) constituencies a formal process to propose and advocate actions that can be taken by elected and appointed officials to protect and conserve the natural resources of the State of Illinois.  The goal of Conservation Congress is to ensure through professional management that sustainable use, recreational opportunities and enjoyment of these resources is available for this and future generations.

Conservation Congress began in 1993 and was modeled after the General Assembly to include representatives from various state interest groups.  The process was discontinued in 2003, and then reconstituted in 2009.  During the last convening of Conservation Congress in April of 2010, Governor Pat Quinn signed an executive order directing IDNR and Conservation Congress participants to develop proposals for funding clean water, land acquisition, and department operations and create programs to increase public recreational access. That direction served as the basis for the IDNR’s new sustainability package which passed out of the General Assembly and was signed by the governor in late 2012.  The sustainability package will generate between $20-30 million per year in new revenue for the IDNR.

We have the videos of Conservation Congress and more results coming soon!

April 11, 2014   Preserving & Protecting Our Natural Resources Through Advocacy & Regulation       
April 12, 2014   The Results of the Breakout Sessions 

For reference view the Full Conservation Congress Agenda Here

Conservation Congress 2014: Setting the Stage

IDNR has been gearing up for Conservation Congress 2014: Charting a Course to Protect & Preserve Our Natural Resources.  Last year, the agency began its preparation for Conservation Congress by hosting regional meetings throughout Illinois, and in the new year the IDNR has expanded its outreach efforts to ensure every voice is heard in the lead-up to the April statewide event. 

The IDNR hosted a series of live, interactive webcasts – "Thursdays with IDNR" – which focused on topics that were discussed at last year’s regional meetings.  After reviewing feedback from the public who attended the meetings, the agencyhas been seeking new ways to enhance its communications efforts to provide Illinois residents a greater window into the work IDNR is performing.  The live webcasts  featured IDNR staff, and were held every Thursday from January 23 to February 20.

Please take a look at the webcast videos below.

Webcast Videos

January 23rd:
Habitat Restoration & Protection

January 30th:
Land & Water Management

February 6th:
Outdoor Recreation

February 13th:
Partnerships to Promote Education & Volunteerism

February 20th:
Communications & Customer Service


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