Mike Clifford Posted October 25, 2009 Report Share Posted October 25, 2009 First of all, I'd like to thank the IDNR for re-instating this crucial program and following up on their promise to establish open lines of communication with all stakeholder groups once again. The weekend was a phenomenal success, as it really served to allow people to network and speak freely about the issues important to conservation in Illinois. Debates centered on many important aspects of management, funding, access, youth recruitment, legislation.....many hours of detailed and frank discussions. Our first break-out session workshop was interrupted early into it with a surprise visit by Governor Quinn. A very good analogy made by several people throughout the weekend was this: The IDNR has had their feet held to the fire for a very long time. The ball has been put squarely into the hands of constituent groups to do with as we wish. The fire is know upon us to put up or shut up. It was amazing to see the energy and focus among all of the 150 attendees. Heard from so many that told us they were encouraged and re-invigorated by this event. Granted, this was only a step in the right direction. The first of many, as there is much work to be done. I'll post more specifics later. Nap time. It's been a really long weekend. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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