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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2003

NATURAL RESOURCES NEWSBITS

Thereís still time to sign up for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop Sept. 19-21 at Camp Piasa at Pere Marquette State Park. Join women from all over Illinois for a weekend full of adventurous outdoor activities. Try your hand at charting a course, calling a bird, shooting a bow, firing a shot, tying a fly, catching a fish, paddling a canoe, building a campfire or going on a photo safari. Program instructors provide a supportive, safe, non-threatening and non-competitive learning environment. As you "become an outdoors-woman" you will learn new skills that you can share with family and friends. The cost is $150 and includes instruction, program materials, use of equipment, seven meals and lodging. Information about the workshop is available at the Departmentís web site at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/bow/. But time is short, so if you are interested in registering please call 217/524-4126 and ask for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman coordinator who can register you via telephone.

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ATTENTION OUTFITTERS PROVIDING DEER, TURKEY HUNTS: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement is hosting informational meetings on the stateís new regulations applying to deer and turkey outfitters. The meetings will be held at the Amerihost Inn in Freeport (Ill. Rt. 26 at U.S. Rt. 20) on Tues., Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.; and, at the Pike County Farm Bureau office, 1301 E. Washington in Pittsfield, on Tues., Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. For more information on the meetings or on regulations applying to deer or turkey hunt outfitters, contact the IDNR Office of Law Enforcement at 217/782-6431 or check the IDNR web site at
http://dnr.state.il.us/law3/outfitter/outfitterregulationsInformation.htm.

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Region 3 Office in Champaign will be relocating to Clinton at the end of the month. The new address is 1556 State Route 54 East, Clinton, IL 61727. Thatís the old Amergen Visitor Center located on Hwy 54 in Clinton. The telephone number is 217/935-6860 and the fax is 217/935-4189. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please make a note of it. The last day to contact staff at the Champaign office is Tuesday, Sept. 23. IDNRís scientific surveys will be remaining in Champaign, however.

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Nature Notes: The scarlet tanager, a songbird native to Illinois, has been known to eat as many as 2,100 gypsy-moth caterpillars in one hour. Gypsy-moth caterpillars cause significant damage to crops and native vegetation.

The peregrine falcon, an endangered species in Illinois, has a hooked beak and strong talons. It is the fastest flying bird in the world - able to dive at 200 miles per hour. These birds are monogamous, meaning they mate for life.

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Join Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold and the Illinois Conservation Foundation at a Wild Game Feast at the Executive Mansion in Springfield on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. The event includes cocktails, dinner and an auction. The cost is $250. For more information or reservations call 217/785-2003. Proceeds from the event will go to the Foundationís grant program.

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The Illinois Conservation Foundation and the Illinois Association of Park Districts invite golfers to participate in the annual Chicagoland Golf Benefit on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Wheaton Park Districtís Arrowhead Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit ICF and IAPD programs. The outing will feature registration and breakfast at 8 a.m., a shotgun start for golf at 9 a.m., followed by a reception, lunch and awards program. Registration is $125 per golfer (or $400 per foursome with preregistration). Hole sponsorships are available for $300 each. For registration, sponsorship or more information, contact Bob Ruff at 217/782-7181.

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The Illinois Conservation Foundation invites golfers to participate in a southern Illinois golf outing on Monday, Oct. 6 at the Far Oaks Golf Course, 419 Old Collinsville Road, in Caseyville. Proceeds will benefit the Illinois Conservation Foundation. Registration is $125 per golfer and includes golf, lunch prizes and a gift. It is a 10 a.m. shotgun start. For more information contact the Foundation at 217/785-2003.

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Splash Into the Rain Check Network....The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) sponsors a rain gauge project for schools, the Rain Check Network. The ISWS will provide you with a rain gauge and instructions to initiate the project. Students are asked to measure rainfall every day at about the same time. Data is posted at the Rain Check Web site where you can submit your daily rainfall totals, see your entries or search the database.

Check out the web site at: http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/hilites/stfair/raingage/. An extensive listing of on-line resources for weather, climate, educational links and agencies is available by clicking on "On-line Weather Resources for Teachers and Students" at the bottom of the home page. Let us know how we can help you, the educator. For more information, contact Mary LeFaivre at lefaivre@uiuc.edu or 217/333-5902.

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Enjoy the fall colors as you pedal through 47 miles of scenic southern Illinois during the annual Tunnel HillĖCache River Bike Ride on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ride begins at the Tunnel Hill State Trail in Harrisburg and concludes at the Cache River Wetlands Center near Karnak. Refreshments will be offered by scout groups at several stops and return transportation will be provided if necessary for those who complete the ride. Buses are scheduled to return to Harrisburg at 2 and 3 p.m. Long-sleeved T-shirts will be included in the $20 pre-registration fee ($25 if registered after Sept. 29). The ride is limited to 200 participants. For more information contact the Cache River State Natural Areas at 618/634-9678.

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The North Access boat launch is closed until further notice at Coffeen Lake in Montgomery County due to low water levels at the lake. The Coffeen Lake Main Access boat launch remains open but boat operators should use caution due to low water levels affecting the main access, as well. The water level at Coffeen Lake is approximately four feet below normal pool. Waterfowl hunters can still access the upper pool staked hunting areas from the Main Access boat launch. For more information, contact the Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area site headquarters at 217/537-3351.

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The Illinois State Geological Survey Fall 2003 Geological Science Field Trips will be held October 4 and November 1, 2003, in the Cairo Area, Alexander and Pulaski counties.
Each field trip is limited to the first 150 registrants, and preregistration is required. For more information or to preregister, call 217/333-4747 or preregister online at www.isgs.uiuc.

The registration fee is $5.00 per person (children 12 years and younger are free) to be collected the day of the field trip.

This trip starts at Fort Defiance Park, Cairo, and crosses extreme southern Illinois at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, the site of the lowest elevation in Illinois. Lewis and Clark began their historic journey at this location on November 14, 1803. Ancient and modern streams have deposited sands and gravels here that partly bury old bedrock hills and ridges.

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The States of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois are proposing changes to Mississippi River fishing regulations for walleye and sauger to be effective on April 1, 2004.
The proposal is based on research conducted in Iowa and represent a consensus among the statesí fisheries managers on changes necessary to protect and sustain the walleye and sauger fishery resources. The proposed changes included:

1) Establish three closed areas to fishing below Lock and Dams 11, 12, and 13 (Dubuque, Bellevue, and Clinton) from December 1 of each year through March 15 the following year,
2) Reduce the aggregate daily bag and possession limit in aggregate from 10 and 20 to 6 and 12 respectively for walleye and sauger, and
3) Establish a 20-27 inch protected slot limit for walleye in Pools 12 through 20 with no more than one fish over 27 inches taken daily.

The research concluded that total mortality of sauger has increased from 50-60 percent in the early 1980s and early 90s to 75-85 percent beginning in 1996. Harvest comparisons between tailwater fisheries at Guttenberg and Bellevue during these two periods show a decline ranging from 20-85 percent. It is thought that the high total mortality is related to the catch and release of thousands of small sauger from deep water. Walleye harvest on the Mississippi River has also declined, but the reasons are not as clear-cut. Much of the rationale for the protected slot is based on larval mortality due to barges and the need to increase egg production. Response to the walleye/sauger regulations will be evaluated during a 5 year research investigation.

Two public meetings are being held to gather public input from Illinois anglers on the proposed regulations changes: September 25, 2003, at 7pm, Musser Public Library, 304 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa; and October 1, 2003 at 7pm, Clinton County Administrative Building, Board of Supervisors Room, 1900 N. 3rd, Clinton, Iowa.

Written comments should be sent on or before Oct. 8 to: Mike Conlin, Chief of Fisheries, Illinois Department of Resources, 1 Natural Resource Way, Springfield, Illinois 62702.

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Bighead and silver carp pose an urgent threat to the waterways of Illinois. Because they feed on plankton, they can compete directly with native organisms including mussels, all larval fishes and some adult fish. While these fish are in some of our waters already, including the Illinois, the Mississippi, and Kaskaskia rivers, they are not widespread Ė and weíd like to keep it that way.

To ensure that they do not assist in the spread of Asian carp, anglers should use bait that they catch only in waters from which the fish were collected. If that isnít possible, only dead bait should be used. Anglers and boaters can also assist in preventing the spread of Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species by: disposing of unwanted live bait in the trash; never releasing live fish from one body of water to another; draining lake or river water from the livewell and bilge before leaving access; and inspecting and removing aquatic plants and animals from any boat, motor and trailer.
Juvenile bighead and silver carp resemble shad and minnows. Donít be fooled and spread these fish to areas where they currently donít exist.

If you think youíve caught an Asian carp, it is important to report this to the Illlinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program in Zion, IL 847/872-8677 or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Topeka, IL 309/968-7531. Note the exact location and, if possible, freeze the specimen in a sealed plastic bag.

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Random daily drawings for wild turkey fall shotgun permits continue until Oct. 3, the last day to apply. Anyone who does not have a permit or that has been issued one permit may participate in the random daily drawings.

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The last day to apply for firearm or muzzleloader deer permits is Nov. 7. Thousands of additional muzzleloader permits have just been made available. Almost 13,000 either-sex permits and 5,000 antlerless-only permits remain for the random daily drawing period for muzzleloader-only permits that begins Sept. 15. All hunters, regardless of any deer permits they already may have received, are eligible to apply for muzzleloader-only permits during this drawing period.

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Proposed changes to Department of Natural Resources administrative rules are now open for public comment. Details of those changes are available on the Department's web site at: http://dnr.state.il.us/legal/rule-status.htm.

17 Ill. Adm. Code 1538, Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. Deadline to comment in writing is Oct. 6. Please send comments to: Jonathan Furr, General Counsel, Department of Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield IL 62702-1271.

17 Ill. Adm. Code 950, Dog Training on Department-Owned or Managed Sites.
Deadline to comment is Nov. 4. Please send comments to Jonathan Furr, General Counsel, Department of Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield IL 62702-1271.

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REMINDER: October 15 is the deadline to apply for a Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants. The Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program is a means of funding for teachers and students who are interested in creating or enhancing schoolyard habitat areas. Schools, nature centers and youth groups may apply for a Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant of a maximum of $600 per year. For more information and/or to obtain an application form, contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Education, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271, teachkids@dnrmail.state.il.us, 217/524-4126. Funding is provided through a gift by the Jadel Foundation to the Illinois Conservation Foundation.

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A special firearm deer hunt is scheduled for Oct. 25 on the refuge portion of Union County Conservation Area. A total of 75 either-sex permits will be issued for this 1-day hunt. The application period is September 15-30, for the October 3, 2003, drawing. This drawing is open to residents and non-residents. Duplicate applications, and applications received prior to September 15, or postmarked after September 30, will be rejected.

To apply, type or clearly print your: Name, address, including zip code, date of birth, and daytime phone number, on an 8 Ĺ x 11 sheet of paper. Failure to provide complete information will result in rejection of your application. Successful applicants will purchase the permits for this special hunt at the site on the day of the hunt.

Mail application to: Dept. of Natural Resources, Region V Office, 11731 State Highway 37, Benton, Il 62812, Attention: Firearm Deer Hunt - UCCA

For those wanting to apply as a group, up to 4 individuals may apply together on one sheet of paper. Information regarding check-in procedures and special site regulations will be distributed to successful applicants. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. For more information contact: Site Superintendent, Union County Conservation Area, 2755 Refuge Road, Jonesboro, IL 62952, Ph. 618/833-5175.

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The Friends of the Hennepin Canal, a volunteer group whose purpose is to maintain and develop recreational and educational opportunities and preserve the historical features of the Hennepin Canal, are sponsoring their annual "Hikemabika" festival on the Hennepin Canal, Sunday, Oct. 5, near Geneseo. The program is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes hiking, biking, and canoeing/kayaking activities. Additional information and registration forms can be secured by writing: Friends of the Hennepin, 410 West Railroad Avenue, Sheffield, IL 61361, e-mail: fhcanal@mchsi.com; or, visit the website: www.friends-hennepin-canal.com.

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The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission will meet at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m., in the Zoo's Discovery Center. The Zoo's address is 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, Illinois 60513. For more information call, 217/785-8686.

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A drawing will be conducted on Sept. 22 for use of 15 assigned, staked waterfowl hunting sites at the Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Areaís Doza Creek Waterfowl Management Area in Randolph County during the first four days of the South Zone duck hunting season, Nov. 20-23. Hunters must register for the drawing by mail and they may register for any or all four days. Only one postcard per person per requested hunting day. Self-addressed USPS postcards should be sent to the Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area, 10981 Conservation Road, Baldwin, IL 62217. The postcards must be received no later than Sept. 19 (up to four self-addressed postcards, one for each requested hunting day, may be included in one envelope). Those hunters drawn will be notified by the return of their self-addressed postcards and must appear at the site office on Sat., Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. to select their designated hunting site. The drawing does not effect other hunting areas at Kaskaskia River SFWA. Hunting during the remainder of the waterfowl season at Doza Creek Waterfowl Management Area will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on staked hunting sites and regulations at Kaskaskia River SFWA, contact the site office at 618/785-2555.

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Applications are now available for the annual disabled shotgun deer hunt at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area. The hunt will be held on November 13, 14, and 15, 2003. To qualify for the hunt you must have a Class P2 disability and proof of having passed a qualified hunter safety program. Applications must be returned to Clinton Lake State Recreation Area, RR 1 Box 4, DeWitt, IL 61735-9701, by 3 p.m. on October 31, 2003. You may call the site office at 217/935-8722 for an application and information.

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Slots remain open for the Sunday, Sept. 28 sessions of Illinois Department of Natural Resources wingshooting clinics for hunters at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County. Sportsmen and women ages 16 and older interested in improving their wingshooting skills are encouraged to attend. Four-hour sessions are scheduled for the morning and afternoon, with each session limited to 20 participants. The clinics will be taught by National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) certified wingshooting instructors, each working with a squad of four hunters of similar skills. Hunters with wingshooting skills from beginner to advanced are welcome. The clinics will include instruction on range safety and shotgun handling, followed by extensive live fire at a variety of clay target presentations. The cost of the clinics is $25 per person. Advance registration is required. For more information, call the site office at Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA at 217/452-7741.

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MIDDLE FORK WINGSHOOTING CLINICS OCT. 18-19: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring wingshooting clinics for hunters at the Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area in Vermilion County on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19. Hunters ages 16 years and older interested in improving their wingshooting skills are encouraged to attend. Morning and afternoon four-hour sessions are available each day. Each session is limited to twenty participants. The clinics will be taught by National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) certified wingshooting instructors from the IDNR. The clinic cost of $25 per person includes instruction, clay targets and refreshments. Advanced registration is required. To make a reservation, call Kickapoo State Park at 217/442-4915 on weekdays between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The registration deadline is October 15.

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The IDNR and the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quail Unlimited are sponsoring a wingshooting clinic for beginning shotgunners at Stephen A. Forbes State Park near Kinmundy. The clinic will be held on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14. Saturday is for young wingshooters 10-15 years of age. Sunday is for women and is open to all ages from 10 years. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Registration is from 9 a.m. -10 a.m. both days. To make a reservation call Stephen A. Forbes State Park between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday - Friday, at 618-547-3381, and ask for Theresa, Glenn, or Crystal.

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REMINDER: Applications are being accepted for Special Fund Grant Programs administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Habitat and Pheasant Stamp Funds can be awarded for habitat projects that propose the protection, acquisition, development, or enhancement of habitat management areas; for research projects that address current concerns related to wildlife habitat or contribute to knowledge about the ecology and management of Illinois' wildlife; or for projects that educate members of the general public who do not hunt or trap. In each case, priority is given to those proposals which offer matching or in-kind support from external sources.

Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Funds are for acquisition and development projects for protecting waterfowl and improving public migratory waterfowl areas within the state; for the development of waterfowl propagation areas within the Dominion of Canada or the United States that specifically provide waterfowl for the Mississippi Flyway; and for implementation of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

The deadline for submitting applications for the Habitat and Pheasant Stamp Funds is Nov. 30, 2003. The deadline for submitting applications for the Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund is December 31, 2003. Applications and additional information are available from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Office of Resource Conservation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; phone 217/ 782-2602; or on the DNRís website at http://dnr.state.il.us/grants/index.htm. You may contact us by e-mail at specialfunds@dnrmail.state.il.us.

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Landowners, come to the"The ABCs of Woodland Management" on Saturday, September 27, 2003 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area on Illinois Route 26 (5 miles south of Lacon or 12 miles north of Spring Bay) to learn about how to care for your woodland to realize more profit. A woodland can be in a small or a large tract. In Illinois more than 80 percent of the forestland is in private ownership with one-third in parcels of less than 10 acres.

Forest industry and natural resource professionals will show workshop participants how to:

start tree plantings from seeds and nuts, improve the health and condition of woodlands, identify different tree species, properly cut down trees, evaluate the value of timber resources, process and utilize logs.

Prairie Rivers Resource Conservation & Development, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Trees Forever are hosting the workshop.

For more information and registration contact Prairie Rivers RC&D at 309/364-3979 or http://www.prairieriversrcd.org. The cost of daylong workshop is $20.00/person, which includes a resource packet, refreshments, and lunch. Advance registration is required by September 24, as space is limited.

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is seeking more than 100 volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 20, for its annual National Public Lands Day event to assist in a variety of work activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided, courtesy of ExxonMobil. The Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Alliance will provide other snacks and refreshments to volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a water bottle, gloves, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Come prepared for the weather; cancellation will occur only in the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms. To find out more or to register for the one of the projects below, call Cindy Klein at Midewin at 815/ 423-6370 x215, or email to cklein@fs.fed.us.

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A drawing for trapping permits at Sanganois Conservation Area will be held on Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at the site office. Participants must have a trapping license from last year or this year to participate. For more information contact the site at 309/546-2628.

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