Achievements

 

Through its efforts, the ICF has generated individual and corporate donations & gifts for:

Schoolyard Habitat Action Program
It helps conduct conservation and educational programs for students from kindergarten through high school. For example, nature centers, schools and youth groups have planted prairie plots, created wetlands, established butterfly gardens, built bird-nesting boxes, and developed outdoor labs for monitoring plants and wildlife. To date, the ICF has raised more than $100,000 for this program. 

Youth Recreation
The ICF helps fund angling, camping, and other outdoor recreation programs for young people. So far, more than $225,000 has been donated to the ICF for this program.

Lake Michigan Artificial Reef
The first artificial reef in Lake Michigan. Planning for the project took more than three years and involved representatives from private industry and local, state, and federal governmental agencies. The artificial reef's intended purpose is to enhance fish habitat. 

Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger
Annually, this effort raises money to help hunters donate wild game to charities, churches, and food pantries for distribution to families in need. The ICF has raised $80,000 for this program.

Reforestation
A continuing program is supporting the joint effort by the IDNR and Illinois corporations to produce seedlings and plant millions of trees, as well as supplying funds to purchase the necessary equipment to do so. Thanks to ICF support, nearly $2 million has been donated toward this effort.

Land Acquisition
The ICF has assisted the IDNR in purchasing hundreds of acres of land statewide - natural areas that may be threatened by development, and lands that can be hunted, hiked, and enjoyed by Illinois families.

Target Hunger Now
The ICF has helped hundreds of Illinois families through support of the IDNR "Target Hunger Now!" program. "Target Hunger Now!" provides venison donated by hunters to food banks and food pantries, and it provides a means of getting nutritious Asian carp meals to Illinois families while building a commercial market for the invasive fish.

Equipment Purchases 
When there's a need, the ICF tries to supply the means. For example, it purchased equipment and facilities for the Conservation Police Search and Rescue Squad at Starved Rock State Park. It also has provided police and all-terrain vehicles and tree-planting machinery. Nearly $50,000 has been donated to the ICF for such purposes.

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