• Menard County Trails & Greenways Meeting

    Menard County Trails & Greenways meeting. We have several events and activities lined for the coming year. Come find out what we have planned and how you can get involved! Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Community Environmental Council Quarterly Forum

    Featured guest will be Steve John the co-founder and executive director of the Agricultural Watershed Institute, a Decatur-based nonprofit organization, and who serves on the Steering Committee of Green Lands Blue Waters. Keynote: The Perennial Biomass Initiative: Collaboration For the Next Landscape Transformation Steve John will discuss a multi-state initiative for a 21st Century landscape transformation featuring perennial crops to enhance agriculture’s economic, environmental, and social performance. The Decatur area and the Upper Sangamon River Watershed can be a test bed to significantly increase acreage planted in perennial crops managed for both agricultural goods and environmental services. Download a flyer here.

  • Conservation,  Middle Sangamon

    Message from James Farris, Chair of the Community Environmental Council Membership Committee

    If you are a member of the Community Environmental Council, have been in the past, or perhaps have given some thought to becoming a member, I must remind you that membership dues of $20 per person are now due.  I encourage you to send your dues to: % Melody ArnoldCommunity Environmental Council3939 Nearing LaneDecatur, IL 62521 All members of CEC may attend CEC board meetings.   Board Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month, 4:00 PM, at Rock Springs Nature Center. Other meetings’ times, dates and location will be provided via email as well as all other communications.  It is therefore imperative that we have your current email address to…

  • 3rd Annual Mudpuppy Festival

    Come celebrate the Sangamon River’s coolest creature! 3rd Annual Mudpuppy Festival scheduled on Saturday, February 1, 1-4 pm at the Monarch Brewing Company in Monticello. Mudpuppies are a threatened species of salamander that sound like a puppy barking when on land. And, we have them right here in Monticello in the Sangamon River! Check out this YouTube video to see one in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pcuKcGZ8ns Download the festival flyer for all the details and list of sponsors.