The mission of the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board (ESPB/Board) is to protect those species of plants and animals native to Illinois which are in danger of being lost from the wild in Illinois.
The Board was created by the passage of the Endangered Species Protection Act in 1972. The Board consists of nine members who are appointed by the Governor, and the Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR/Department) as a non-voting member. By law, the members include at least six naturalists, including at least two zoologists, two ecologists, and one botanist.
Announcement: The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board will be holding a joint meeting with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission on Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 2 pm in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources building at One Natural Resources Way in Springfield.