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IDNR to hold Conservation Congress

OTTAWA — Area residents have a unique opportunity to give input to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Congress for 2014. The Conservation Congressevent will be held April 11 and 12 at the IDNR headquarters in Springfield.

Through the Internet, IDNR is inviting residents to complete online surveys. These surveys range from outdoor recreation issues to natural resources. The topics of these surveys will affect what issues are discussed at the Conservation Congress in April. The online surveys are available at www.dnr.i.illinois.gov.

To get further input for the Conservation Congress, the IDNR is hosting interactive webcasts called “Thursdays with IDNR.” These webcasts are one of the ways the IDNR is opening its doors to Illinois residents to explain what the department does. Each webcast features staff members and is held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20. Topics to be covered will include outdoor recreation, partnerships to promote education and volunteerism, and communications and customer service.

“The online survey and live webcast roundtable discussions will help get us ready for the statewide Conservation Congress session this spring,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “The Conservation Congress process gives the public an opportunity to help IDNR set priorities on a wide range of natural resources issues.”

"The online surveys are a great chance to provide thoughts on many outdoor related activities and issues," said Vicki Heath, resource conservationist of the LaSalle County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The Conservation Congress event on April 11 and April 12 will be free and open to the public. There will be sessions that include prioritizing needs for outdoor resources and other issues that will be learned about from the webcasts and online surveys. IDNR will also provide updates on the IDNR Sustainability Law and host panel discussions.

Registration and a detailed agenda will be available in February. For more information on the online survey, live webcasts or the Conservation Congress statewide meeting, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

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