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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HONORED
VOLUNTEERS IN CEREMONY AT STATE FAIR


IDNR Director Marc Miller, Valerie Spale and Jack Pizzo from SCGA, Don McFall of IDNR, and Randy Heidorn, Acting Director Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) honored 10 individuals and three groups as Outstanding Volunteers of the Year for their volunteer service to the IDNR during a ceremony at the Illinois State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20.

"Volunteers provide valuable service to state park and state museum visitors, assist IDNR staff in providing education programs, outdoor recreation opportunities, and help preserve our natural heritage throughout the state," said IDNR Director Marc Miller. "The IDNR is fortunate to have hundreds of volunteers who are doing great work on projects and programs on behalf of their fellow citizens of Illinois."

The volunteer recognition awards ceremony took place Saturday, August 20th in Conservation World at the Illinois Green Industry Association Outdoor Amphitheater, on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. One of this year's honorees is THE SALT CREEK GREENWAY ASSOCIATION.

THE SALT CREEK GREENWAY ASSOCIATION of Westchester is a watershed-focused organization that has taken an active role in restoring Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve which is located within the Greenway. This group completed 375 hours in 2010 by sponsoring a Restoration Blitz, two Pump Up the Prairie workdays, an Exelon Employee Workday and a National Public Lands Day event. They have already completed two Pump Up the Prairie days in 2011 and have made preparations to chip and haul away invasive brush during a winter workday. The outlook for Wolf Road Prairie has become very positive from this active and passionate volunteer group. The Salt Creek Greenway Association stands out for its accomplishments and is deserving of the IDNR Volunteer of the Year Award.

To learn more about the IDNR Volunteer Program, check the IDNR website at this link: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/volunteer/index.htm
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