The Forest Preserves of Cook County has 24 dedicated Illinois Nature Preserves, including many of the state’s earliest.
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Nature Preserve List
The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission designates the highest quality natural areas in the state as Nature Preserves. This status includes increased levels of legal protection and management.
Land & Water Reserve List
The Forest Preserves of Cook County has two Land and Water Reserves. This state designation provides special protections, though at a lower level than a Nature Preserve.
Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
The mission of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) is to assist private and public landowners in protecting high quality natural areas and habitats of endangered and threatened species; in perpetuity, through voluntary dedication or registration of such lands into the Illinois Nature Preserves System. The Commission promotes the preservation of these significant lands and provides leadership in their stewardship, management and protection.