State announces funding for area wildlife preservation

SPRINGFIELD – Grants for wildlife enhancement projects across Illinois recently were awarded by the state Department of Natural Resources.

A total of $99,980 for 26 projects was announced. Programs affecting the Sauk Valley include:

Two grants to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. The first, for $9,529, will be for statewide development and use of a diagnostic test to detect the disease chrysosporium in timber and Eastern Massasagua rattlesnakes. The second grant, for $1,998, will be for an atlas of the distribution of state fish.

Also, $2,000 to the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District Natural Area, to restore historic nesting grounds for the Blanding’s turtle.

And, $1,980 to sample and identify large aquatic invertebrates from seasonal wetlands in Lee and 12 other counties.

Call the DNR Division of Natural Heritage at 217-785-8691 for more information.