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  1. Illinois DNR
  2. Conservation
  3. Natural Heritage

Program Staff

Administration
 
Ann Holtrop, Acting Division Chief  Ann.Holtrop@illinois.gov
Responsible for the overall direction, management, administration, and development of the Division of NH.
Phone: 217-785-4325
 
Mike Moomey, Assistant Chief  mike.moomey@illinois.gov
Mike assists with the management of the Division of Natural Heritage programs and field operations including the development and organization of goals and objectives which direct natural heritage resource management activities; provides administrative support to the Division Chief in planning and preparing the annual division operating budget; and issues special use permits for research activities on Department of Natural Resources properties.
Phone: 217-782-0447

Division Programs
 
  • Endangered Species
 
 

The primary responsibilities include the development and implementation of endangered and threatened species management and recovery plans and the issuance of endangered species possession and research permits throughout Illinois. In addition to facilitating the management and recovery of Illinois’ 450+ listed species, Joe coordinates much of IDNR’s bat-related field studies and has several leadership roles in bat conservation including co-chairman for the Midwest Bat Working Group (MBWG), executive steering committee member for the North American Bat Conservation Partnership (NABCP), and steering committee member of the U.S.G.S Survey’s Monitoring Trends in U.S. Bat Populations project.
Phone: 217-782-0447

Jenny Skufca   Jenny.skufca@illinois.gov
 
  • Natural Areas
 
John Wilker    john.wilker@illinois.gov
 
The Natural Areas Program is a science based program to identify, manage and preserve areas of the state that contain significant natural resource features and or which have the potential to be significant.  Primarily, identification is through the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI) process or gap analysis. Management activities are prioritized to maintain, restore or recreate significant natural resource features. Preservation is through coordination with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission in order to establish long term legal protection.
John Wilker, Program Manager
John is the chair of the Natural Areas Evaluation Committee (NAEC), which is responsible for overseeing and updating the INAI and the Standards and Guidelines; reviews scientific research permits; assists in the development of the nature preserve and land and water reserve proposals; coordinates monitoring to ensure appropriate management.
Phone: 217-785-4559

 

  • Natural Heritage Database

Tara Kieninger    tara.kieninger@illinois.gov

The Natural Heritage Database Program uses Biotics, powerful Oracle database and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, to track tabular and spatial information about significant natural features in Illinois. Data tracked includes endangered and threatened species, Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI) sites, and lands enrolled in Illinois Nature Preserves Commission protection programs (Nature Preserves, Land and Water Reserves, and Natural Heritage Landmarks as well as high quality natural communities, geological features, large forest blocks, rookeries, etc.Tara Kieninger, Program Manager
Tara is responsible for the direction, management, and development of the Natural Heritage Database Program; assists with administration of the database; responds to requests for information from both within and outside the agency; provides Geographic Information System- (GIS) and database-related technical support to office and field staff; and performs data entry and mapping.
•Phone: 217-782-2685

Jeannie Barnes   jeannie.barnes@illinois.gov

Jeannie is responsible for database administration; responds to requests for information from both within and outside the agency; provides Geographic Information System- (GIS) and database-related technical support to office and field staff; and performs data entry, mapping, and quality control.
Phone: 217-782-2954