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OUTDOOR ILLINOIS is published monthly by the Department of Natural Resources, Office of Public Services, 524 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701-1787, phone (217) 782-7454, e-mail

(Publication number: ISSN 1072-7175)
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George H. Ryan    Governor
Brent Manning    Director
James D. Garner    Deputy Director
Jim Riemer, Jr.    Deputy Director

STAFF: James L. Fulgenzi, office director; Gary Thomas, editor; Liz Pensoneau, managing editor; John Alien, staff writer; P.J. Perea, staff writer; Adele Hodde, chief photographer; Chas. J. Dees, staff photographer; Charles J. Copley, design & layout; Cheryl Gwinn, production coordinator; Vera Lynn Smith, circulation.

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On the cover...
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April 2002


Brent Manning

In February, I had the distinct honor of inducting the first five Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame members. I presented plaques to the three living inductees—wildlife researcher Frank Bellrose, outdoor writer Jack Ehresman and educator Gene Morgan— and to the spouses of former Department of Conservation administrator Jim Helfrich and outdoor writer John Husar. The awards were bestowed during a banquet at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

We also gave awards to Dynegy, Inc., Plano Molding Company and the Illinois Chapter of Safari Club International for their ongoing efforts to support our youth programs, outdoor recreation and the natural resources of Illinois.

While the purpose of this banquet was to honor the charter members of the Hall of Fame, the event also served as an important fund-raiser for the Illinois Conservation Foundation. During the course of the evening, more than $80,000 was raised that will go into the Illinois Conservation Foundation's grant program to fund outdoor youth programs and other conservation activities.

I want to personally congratulate the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame inductees and their families. I also want to thank the hundreds of people who attended this inaugural event, all those who donated items to be auctioned off in the fundraising activity, and extend special appreciation to the corporate sponsors without whom this event would not have been possible. They include:

Tracker Boats, Mercury Motors, Bass Pro Shops/Outdoor World/Gurnee, Remington, Bombardier, APCO Packaging, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Triton Boats, Yamaha, the Illinois Chapter of Safari Club International and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The induction ceremony and the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet did not happen overnight. More than a year went into the planning. Likewise, the process by which we accepted nominations, then sorted through the applications to select the candidates for induction was stringent.

That process is about to start again, so I urge everyone to do a couple of things:

First, take a few minutes to think about whether there is someone you know or who lives in your immediate vicinity that should be honored by induction into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame. If so, get an official application form from the Illinois Conservation Foundation and begin the process by nominating that person. I would also urge you to include several letters of support from others who feel the same way you do. Be sure to include printed background information about the nominee. You can get more information by calling Ron Alien at (217) 785-9371 after April 15.

Second, show your support for the Illinois Conservation Foundation. During the seven years it has been in existence, it has raised more than $13 million for use in youth and educational programs, land acquisition, research, habitat restoration, equipment purchases and charitable work. You can demonstrate your support by making a contribution and by planning to attend next year's Hall of Fame banquet.

Let's make sure next year's banquet is an even greater success than this past one.

Pictured from l-r: ICP Executive Director John Schmitt, Mrs. Jim Helfrich. Jack Ehresman, Mrs. John Husar, Frank Bellrose, Gene Morgan and DNR Director Brent Manning. (Photo courtesy of Bob Schmidt.)

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