2022 Annual Meeting and 2021 Year In Review

2022 PSCC Annual Conference Programs

Our first-ever in-person and virtual annual conference was attended by more than 100 conservation professionals — a record for us! Everyone seemed ready to meet face-to-face after two years away. Despite a light snowfall in the afternoon and evening, many enjoyed the trails and beautiful atmosphere of Starved Rock.

As always, our presenters provided everyone with exciting updates on the progress made throughout Illinois to further preserve, protect, and encourage stewardship of our wild places.

Prairie State Hike App Update — PSCC Media Consultant Sandy Kaczmarski

Hike App Promotional Video

PSCC Annual Report of Land Conservation Achievements — GIS Consultant David Holman

PSCC Legislative Review — Eliot Clay, state program director, Illinois Environmental Council

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Update — Director Colleen Callahan; Ann Marie Holtrop, chief, Division of Natural Heritage

Illinois Nature Preserves Commission Update — Executive Director Todd Strole

Natural Areas Stewardship Act — Ann Marie Holtrop, chief, Division of Natural Heritage, IDNR

Updated Species Recovery — process, leads, status

Land Trust Alliance Report — MaryKay O’Donnell, Midwest senior program manager

Prescribed Burn Associations — A Valuable Tool We Can’t Lose — Brent Masiero, Great Rivers PBA and Jesse Riechman, Souther Illinois PBA

Latest Invasive Species Research — Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension

A Sustainable and Diverse Funding Model for Land Stewardship Programs — Steve Barg, Jo Daviess Conseration Foundation

Educating and Engaging Future Stewards through Citizen Science — Edith Auchter, treasurer, Citizens for Conservation

The Conservation Leader Internship Program: How land trusts can support the next generation of diverse leaders in conservation — Land Conservation Specialists Kim Elsenbroek and Megan Oropeza, Land Conservancy of McHenry County

Cultivating Community and Empowerment — Director Amy Doll, Friends of the Illinois Nature Preserves

The Fight to Save an Ancient Prairie — Kerry Leigh, Natural Land Institute

30X30 Illinois — Lindsay Keeney, conservation director, Illinois Environmental Council

Terrafirma Update — National Trends and Observations on Stewardship Challenges — Leslie Ratley-Beach, vice president, Alliance Risk Management Services, LLC

The Nature Conservancy Climate Assessment for Illinois — Karen Petersen, The Nature Conservancy

Access Ability Wisconsin: Outdoor Access 4 All — Gary Stott, Access Ability Wisconsin

Sangamon River, Piatt County, Land Conservation Foundation