Illinois Natural Areas Facts

* Only 7/100ths of 1% of relatively undisturbed Illinois natural areas still remain.

* Over 500 species are listed as threatened and endangered in Illinois

* Only 136 acres of rare dry sand forest still exist in Illinois

* Loss of habitat and fragmentation of woodlands and prairies has caused a severe decline in forest and grassland birds in Illinois.

* Only 250 acres of high quality original black soil (mesic) prairie remain in the “prairie” state.

* The rare Illionis oak savanna is considered one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world.

Illinois now has 311 nature preserves in 79 counties totaling 42,463 acres and 73 land and water reserves in 42 counties totaling 23,584 acres.

“Orphan” natural areas are in need of immediate rescue. To help preserve and protect them, send your donation to Natural Areas Rescue Fund.

Landowners interested in preserving their high quality natural areas can contact:

Save the Prairie Society
11225 Constitution Dr.
Westchester, IL 60154
phone: 708-562-3280

The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702
phone: 217-785-8686

Photo by Mary Kay Solecki
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