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Governor starts signing

August 15, 2007 at 05:02 PM

The budget may never be resolved, but Gov. Blagojevich has started signing bills in Springfield this week. One of those signed is House Bill 1780, which extends Conservation 2000 through 2021 by renewing the fund as Partners for Conservation. According to a Department of Natural Resources news release:

“The Partners for Conservation Program is a comprehensive, $196 million, multi-agency program designed to take a locally driven, long-term approach to protecting and managing Illinois’ natural resources. Funds for the program are distributed under several natural resource related programs administered through the state Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Agriculture.

“Since 1996, the Conservation 2000 program has contributed over $173 million dollars for technical assistance and grants for locally managed conservation practices. With more than 90 percent of the state privately owned, grants were targeted to non-state owned land. Some of the major conservation accomplishments include restoration of 90,000 acres of habitat, 3.5 million feet of water and sediment control basins installed, over 4 million tons of soil saved from heading into our creeks and rivers, 400,000 acres of conservation tillage to prevent soil erosion, and nearly one-million citizens engaged and educated on the importance of watershed protection and managing Illinois’ natural resources.”

We’re still waiting on many more bills that should be signed this week. Stay tuned.

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Heah Jeff;What about 62 and over on crossbow permits?

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No word yet on that one Mr. Head Worm. Should be soon, though.

Posted by Jeff Lampe on 08/16 at 10:16 AM

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