Lake Michigan and Coastal Campaign
Lake Michigan and its coastal area are among the most biologically diverse places within Illinois. Over the past two centuries, this region has been substantially altered by human activities including urban development, habitat fragmentation, hydrologic changes, invasive species, shoreline modifications, and persistent contaminants. The purpose of this campaign is to maintain and enhance biodiversity in this region through actions that are realistic, achievable and implementable within the next ten years. This campaign aligns with the geography, goals, and activities of the Coastal Management Program
Priority Places for Work
Illinois Lake Plain
Lake Michigan Ravines
IDNR Parks and State-managed Sites
Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park
Illinois Beach State Park, located within the Illinois Lake Plain, contains 4160 acres, over 650 species of plants, numerous wetlands, and a biologically-diverse dune and swale community.
William W. Powers State Recreation Area
William W. Powers State Recreation Area, the only IDNR property within the City of Chicago, is an important migratory bird site and a valuable habitat for species ranging from mudpuppies to muskrats. In 2002, scientists participating in a BioBlitz at the site counted over 1,800 species, making it one of the more biologically diverse sites in Illinois.
Coastal Management Program Director
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
160 N. LaSalle, S-703
Chicago, IL 60601
Office Phone: 312-814-0665