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Green burials may be allowed at Springdale cemetery savanna

February 22, 2012 at 09:42 AM

Peoria Journal-Star

PEORIA — Portions of Springdale Cemetery’s savanna could be marketed and sold for green burials if it doesn’t violate a voluntary agreement with the state, the Springdale Cemetery Management Authority ruled Tuesday.

The authority, in voting on matters related to the cemetery’s 13-acre savanna, also determined that the property should be preserved and its longtime agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources left alone.

“We have a treasure here in the cemetery,” said authority member George Merkle. “It should be preserved as much as possible.”

That decision somewhat pleased members with Peoria Wilds, the grass-roots group of volunteers who maintain the protected area of prairie grass.

“I think they are taking a prudent step of action in working to protect the savanna,” said Mike Miller, a director with Peoria Wilds. “We still have work ahead of us concerning nuts and bolts issues.”

One of those issues is determining the savanna’s boundaries.

Differences between Peoria Wilds and some authority members continue on the property’s northern location, which is where the green burials could take place. Miller said Peoria Wilds is utilizing maps provided by IDNR; Merkle said the cemetery is utilizing road maps to determine boundaries.

Peoria Wilds officials have questioned if any alterations to the savanna might jeopardize the authority’s 2007 voluntary agreement with the IDNR designating the area as an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark.

The authority also pushed for more communication with Peoria Wilds, with some members criticizing the volunteers for conducting unimpressive controlled burns at the savanna. They also said the property had become an attractive nuisance for vandals.

Kent Rotherham, chairman of the authority, requested that Peoria Wilds provide written reports on its activities at the savanna. He also chastised the group for not providing them, though Miller said he was unaware of that request.

John Sharp can be reached at 686-3282 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow him on Twitter @JohnSharp99.

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