SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials have awarded Illinois $8 million to protect working farmland, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has joined other groups including The Conservation Fund to plan and coordinate the projects that will be funded with money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Illinois and its partners have pledged more than $11 million in matching funds to support the plan. That includes more than $1.7 million in financial and technical assistance from the Department of Natural Resources.
(This story was originally published on May 9, 2020)