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Research Permits

Research conducted in the state of Illinois may require as many as four types of permits from the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources or the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission:

General Scientific Permit - This permit is required for any project that involves Research ( handling or collection of live fish and wildlife for educational or research purposes) or Salvage (collection of dead or crippled fish or wildlife for educationa or research purposes). This permit does not authorize research on endangered or threatened species (see Permit for Possession of Endangered or Threatened Species below). Submit to Teri.Turner@Illinois.gov

Permit for Research in Illinois State Parks, Forests and Conservation Areas - This permit is required for any project to be undertaken in any of Illinois’ State Parks, Forests or Conservation Areas. Submit to Mike.Moomey@Illinois.gov

Permit for Possession of Endangered or Threatened Species - This permit is required for any project that will involve the possession of state listed endangered or threatened species. Submit to DNR.ETPermit@illinois.gov

Nature Preserve Special Use Permit - This permit is required for any project that involves collection or research on a dedicated Nature Preserve or a registered Land and Water Reserve. Submit to Kelly.Neal@Illinois.gov