Charlotte & Dan Brady Nature Preserve
The Land Conservation Foundation has great news to announce! On January 26, the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission gave final approval for the dedication of our Brady Woods property in western Champaign County as a Nature Preserve. Dedicating land as a Nature Preserve is the greatest protection land can be granted in Illinois. Brady Woods protects a biologically diverse stretch of the Sangamon River and associated forest. The preserve is on the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory for outstanding aquatic resources, especially freshwater mussels. It is now the Charlotte and Dan Brady Woods Nature Preserve. Join us in celebrating this exciting accomplishment. Brady Woods is a showcase for spring wildflowers—bluebells in particular,…
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…
City of Decatur Sought Proposals for Lake Decatur Watershed Management Plan
The City of Decatur, Illinois, requested sealed statements of qualifications and proposals from interested, qualified firms to provide the following professional services to the City of Decatur: Develop a long term Lake Decatur Watershed Management Plan to significantly reduce the amount of sediment and nitrate nitrogen entering Lake Decatur. All proposals were received by the City prior to the deadline–4:00 p.m., local time, October 9, 2019. Click here to learn more about what the proposals included.
Friends Restoration Work Days
The Friends’ next Restoration Day is September 7, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM. A very successful day of cutting bush honeysuckle took place August 23rd. With the help of Friends of the park and Ameren employees who took part in the annual Day of Action of the United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois, a large amount of bush honeysuckle was removed. We are so grateful for those who worked so hard that day. However, there is still much more to be removed. Please consider coming out to the park on September 7th and giving us a hand in removing this invasive species–see details here.
Community Stewardship Challenge Grant
Help restore the natural habitat at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, so site visitors can see the area as Abraham Lincoln saw it in 1830 when he first lived in Illinois.