Natural Areas Preservation Actupdated: November 2007
This legislation offers property tax benefits and management guidance to landowners in exchange for agreeing to non-consumptive, non-destructive use of their property.

35 ILL. COMP. STAT. 200/9-145.

Benefits include access to small grants for land management, assistance from biologists with land management, and property taxes on dedicated Nature Preserves reduced to the assessed value of $1.00 per acre per year. The property becomes part of the Nature Preserves system and is dedicated in perpetuity. All public and private lands of high natural quality may qualify for the program. There are 305 Nature Preserves in 78 of Illinois 102 counties covering a total of about 41,000 acres. About 175 different landowners own the 300 Nature Preserves. Funding comes from the Natural Areas Acquisition Fund.

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