(30 ILCS 150/3)
(from Ch. 105, par. 733)
Illinois' natural heritage is the living landscape
that greeted the pioneers who settled
Illinois. It includes the native fauna and flora; natural
ecosystems of forests, prairies and wetlands; and the land
and water upon which a diverse array of plants, animals and
habitats developed and survived, and which today provides
habitat for various nongame species of wildlife.
It is the purpose of this Article to provide a stable and supplemental
source of moneys to support activities and programs undertaken by the
Department or other managers of natural heritage lands held in the public
trust to preserve, protect and manage for future generations natural
heritage lands held in the public trust.
(Source: P.A. 84-1473.)