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Land Advisory Council Meeting Minutes 12-1-14

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County


Land Advisory Council

Minutes of Meeting

December 1, 2014


Members Present: Jerry Paulson, Chairman, Ann Marie Cain, Steve Clark, Pam Cunningham, Bill Hoff, Lee Johnson, James Marshall, and Randy Vogel. Members Absent: Rebecca Olson and Dan Williams FPWC Staff Present: Mike Holan, Tom Hartley, and Jamie Johannsen. FPWC Commissioners Present: Audrey Johnson and Mike Eickman.


Call to Order: Chairman Paulson called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. at the FPWC headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, Illinois.


Adoption of Agenda: The agenda was adopted as distributed.


Minutes of September 8, 2014 meeting: It was moved by Vogel, seconded by Hoff and approved to accept the minutes of the November 3, 2014 meeting as distributed.


Illinois Wildlife Action Plan: Paulson presented a map of Winnebago County prepared by Tom Hartley that shows the boundaries of the Conservation Opportunity Areas designated in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan that was discussed at the last meeting by Nancy Williamson. He reviewed the division of the Plan into “Campaigns,” “Natural Divisions” and COAs. He asked for questions and discussion about the Plan and how it relates to the priorities for land protection of the FPWC. Vogel said that all the conservation agencies and many of the private funders have embraced the goals of the plan. Paulson said that forming partnerships is an important goal of the Plan, and the District should be working with other groups to reach its goals. Holan said that Nancy Williamson is speaking to the Board of Commissioners on Dec. 17th about the IWAP and the District’s role in it.


Land Acquisition Priorities and Procedures: Paulson presented a second draft of the Priorities and Procedures for consideration. He said that he is still concerned about keeping the Board of Commissioners informed about land acquisition projects. Commissioner Johnson said the Board need to have an independent committee to look at land acquisition. Hoff suggested an addition to #2 to be consistent with #s 3 & 4. It was agreed that there should be a provision added for calling a special meeting of the LAC to consider emergency situations. It was moved by Vogel, seconded by Clark and accepted to approve the proposed Land Acquisition Priorities and Procedures with the suggested additions and changes. Paulson will present the proposal to the Board on December 17th.


Greenways Plan Update: Johannsen and Hartley discussed the current update of the Boone and Winnebago Greenways Plan. The same agencies that were involved in the last update are involved with this update. RMAP is the lead agency and has funding from highway grants for the update. The draft of the update will be ready for review by the first of the year. Paulson said that because the greenways plan is the primary planning document for land acquisition priorities for the District that the LAC should be able to review the draft. Johannsen will ask staff from RMAP to come to the next meeting to make a presentation about the Greenways Plan.


Closed Session for Discussion of Land Acquisition: Hoff moved to go into closed session to consider the acquisition of land; Johnson seconded the motion and it was approved. The meeting was closed at 5:00 p.m.


Opening of Closed Session: It was moved by Cain and seconded by Cunningham, and approved to reopen the meeting. The meeting was reopened at 5:30 p.m. Paulson declared that no action was taken in closed session.


Next Meeting: Paulson said that the District is still looking for funds to hire a facilitator to work with the LAC to develop a Strategic Land Conservation Plan, It was agreed to meet next at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015 at the WCFP headquarters.


Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Jerry Paulson, Chairman