Illinois Assessment of Parks and Conservation Funding Needs and Economic Benefits

A new report, the Illinois Assessment of Parks and Land Conservation Funding Needs and Economic Benefits, estimates that forest preserve, conservation, and park districts will need more than $3 billion in funding over the next five years to meet land acquisition and capital needs. The report, produced by The Trust for Public Land, the Illinois Association of Park Districts, and The Nature Conservancy, found that investment from the state of Illinois could leverage local community support for projects that protect valuable natural areas important to people in Illinois who overwhelmingly support more open space.