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Illinois Assessment Programs

The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is a project managed by USDA-APHIS-PPQ that combines the efforts and resources of PPQ with those of State agricultural organizations and universities. The CAPS program provides a cooperative agreement mechanism to fund domestic surveys of harmful or economically significant plant pests and weeds that have eluded the first-line inspections.


The INHS Biological Surveys and Assessment Program works with the Illinois Department of Transportation to minimize the effects of road building and maintenance on local plants and animals, specifically threatened and endangered species. This program conducts field surveys of plants and animals to minimize adverse impacts on species and their habitats. It is also active in mitigation and restoration projects and conducts studies and research related to the ecology and conservation of Illinois plants, animals and their habitats.


Wetland Science Program

The INHS Wetland Science Program works closely with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to identify, protect, maintain, and restore wetlands in Illinois. This program performs biological surveys and wetland delineations; monitors rehabilitation and restoration of mitigation wetlands; and conducts studies related to the ecology and conservation of wetland ecosystems.


Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP)

The Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP) is a long-term endeavor, which monitors the condition of forests, wetlands, grasslands, and streams throughout the state of Illinois. This project seeks to assess changes in ecological conditions as well as to serve as a baseline from which to compare regional and site-specific patterns throughout Illinois. This program is unique because it is the first-ever attempt at a statewide comprehensive assessment undertaken by a state natural resource organization (Illinois Department of Natural Resources).


Urban Biotic Assessment Program (UBAP)

The objective of the Urban Biotic Assessment Program (UBAP) is to provide the Illinois Tollway with the ecological expertise needed to effectively and efficiently comply with state and federal environmental regulations, while also preserving habitats and species native to the Chicago Metropolitan Area. This program is also working with the Tollway to assess mitigation strategies and best management practices.


Illinois Natural Areas Inventory Update (INAI)

The Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI) Update provides a set of information about high quality natural areas, habitats of endangered species, and other significant natural features. Information from the INAI is used to guide and support land acquisition and protection programs by all levels of government as well as by private landowners and conservation organizations.


Certain federal conservation programs require each state to develop a comprehensive wildlife conservation plan. These plans, developed with cooperation from conservation partners and input from the public, will set a course for stewardship of all wildlife species, with special attention given to species in greatest need of conservation. For the implementation phase the CWCP has been renamed to the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan.

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