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Title:Prairie Parklands area assessment
Author(s):Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Office of Scientific Research and Analysis
Subject(s):Natural resources surveys --Illinois
Natural resources conservation areas --Illinois
Illinois River Watershed (Ill.)
Des Plaines River Watershed (Wis. and Ill.)
Kankakee River Watershed (Ind. and Ill.)
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:The Prairie Parklands area encompasses approximately 1,477 square miles (945,500 acres) in northeastern Illinois; including large parts of Will, Grundy, and Kendall counties, and smaller portions of Cook, Kankakee, Ford, Livingston, and LaSalle counties. The name Prairie Parklands refers to the fact that much of the area historically was open prairie with a park-like appearance of scattered trees. The area encompasses 25 subbasins along the Illinois, Des Plaines, and Kankakee rivers, of which eight have been designated a "Resource Rich Area" because they contain significant natural community diversity. The Prairie Parklands Ecosystem Partnership was subsequently formed around this core area of high quality ecological resources. This assessment is comprised of four volumes. In Volume I, Geology discusses the geology, soils, and minerals in the assessment area. Volume 2, Water Resources, discusses the surface and groundwater resources and Volume 3, Living Resources, describes the natural vegetation communities and the fauna of the region. Volume 4 contains three parts: Part I, Socio-Economic Profile, discusses the demographics, infrastructure, and economy of the area, focusing on Will and Grundy counties; Part II, Environmental Quality, discusses air and water quality, and hazardous and toxic waste generation and management in the area; and Part III, Archaeological Resources, identifies and assesses the archaeological sites known in the area.
Issue Date:1999
Publisher:Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
Series/Report:Critical Trends Assessment Program
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:These documents are a product of the Illinois state scientific surveys and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and has been selected and made available by the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-10-06
Identifier in Online Catalog:4223952
OCLC Identifier:(OCoLC)ocm43604521

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  • Critical Trends Assessment Program Regional Watershed Assessments
    Detailed assessments of 32 major watersheds in Illinois, conducted through the Critical Trends Assessment Program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Includes contributions from each of the State Scientific Surveys which are now part of the Prairie Research Institute.

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