Welcome to LandScope Illinois

The LandScope America website is a work in progress. In addition to comprehensive nationwide information, like much of what you can already find via the map viewer, we will include extensive state-by-state information, found on state home pages like this one. Because Illinois is one of many states where we are still working to develop all of the needed maps, stories and other content, currently you’ll find only summary information here. For an example of completed state content, visit the home pages of our five pilot states: Colorado, Florida, Maine, Virginia and Washington

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Conservation Overview

  • Illinois Conservation Summary

    Despite the loss of over 90 percent of its original wetlands and nearly all of its original prairie, Illinois still contains several large-scale assemblages of species and natural communities, thanks to land-protection programs, conservation activities and various partnerships among public and private agencies. Through the combined effort of committed individuals and organizations, the health of Illinois' natural environment can be conserved for future generations.

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Conservation Priorities in Illinois

  • Conservation Priorities

    Securing a future for Illinois' wildlife will require a blend of maintaining the habitat we have, helping landowners restore some habitat that has been lost, and finding ways to balance economic needs and wildlife conservation. The Wildlife Action Plan details the state's major habitat types, their current condition, challenges to their integrity, and actions needed and planned to conserve them, with a focus on key natural communities and species, places with special importance for conserving wildlife, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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