Prairie Hills and Prairie Land Conservancy Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.
Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development and its associated division, Prairie Land Conservancy, are pleased to announce they are both applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open for each.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Trevor Toland, Chair of the Prairie Land Conservancy, and Lyle Johnson, President of Prairie Hills, want their programs to operate at the highest ethical level by incorporating national standards and practices into their respective organizations processes. Landowners and citizens can feel confident that their local land conservancy and Prairie Hills are performing at the highest levels of proficiency set by these standards.
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development and Prairie Land Conservancy both comply with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to email@example.com. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Comments on Prairie Hills and Prairie Land Conservancy’s applications will be most useful by May 20, 2018.
Prairie Hills plans and conducts activities that increases the conservation of natural resources, supports economic development and enhances the environment and standard of living for citizens in local communities. Established in 1976 to perform a number of conservation and development activities, the program focused on geographic areas where major economic and social downturns had occurred.
Today, Prairie Hills continues to serve local communities through a locally led process where citizens work together to plan how they can actively solve environmental, economic and social issues, explore opportunities and build community pride.
Prairie Hills works in ten counties within Illinois: Brown, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Mason, McDonough, Knox, Schuyler and Warren. Also, the City of Washington, Illinois.
For More information about current programs and projects please call us at 309.833.4747 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Married to Alice King, Retired Principal Avon Elementary School, Avon, IL. Children: Jamie King, Bloomington, IL, Stephen King, Chapel Hill, NC.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Delaware, Newark DE
1977 – 1981: District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Santa Rosa, Baker and Union Counties FL; Responsible for implementing USDA farm conservation programs; survey, plan, and design of various conservation practices for farm operations and rural communities.
1981 – 1986: District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tazewell County VA; Responsible for implementing USDA farm conservation programs; survey, plan, and design of various conservation practices for farm operations and rural communities.
1986 – 2011: Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator for Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service covering six counties in West Central IL; Responsible for grant writing and administration, project planning and implementation, and coordination of rural development initiatives. David retired after 36 years of federal service July 2011.
2011 – Present: Executive Director, Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. David has assisted Prairie Hills complete 630 projects valued over $54 million. He created and founded the Prairie Hills Forestry Consulting Service, Prairie Hills Small Business Revolving Loan program [64 businesses employing 370 people], Reaching Education And Developing Youth Bus Literacy project which has provided over 4000 free books to preK-8th grade children, and the Prairie Land Conservancy, a conservation land trust in a ten county West Central Illinois region.
The Conservancy received a 196 ac land donation in Hancock County IL - Stony Hills Nature Preserve; an 18-acre bird sanctuary from the IL Audubon Society in McDonough County IL; 196 acres of woodland along Grindstone Creek in McDonough Co; four conservation easements have been donated totaling 345 acres; three conservation easements have been purchased totaling 362 acres; 548 acres purchased in Fulton Co, IL; and a Bequest by Will.
Interest areas: protection of natural resources, community development, and officiating softball at the high school and college level. Recreational swimming.
PHRCD Executive Board- Pictured Left to Right-Front row; Bob Lantz former PHRCD coordinator, Lyle Johnson- President, Jere Greuel- VP Internal Affairs, Back row; Alice Henry- VP Governance, Jennie Hemingway, Secretary, Robert Champlin, Director, Chuck Gilbert- VP External Affairs, Megan Pierce Program Asst, David King- PHRCD Exec. Dir. [not pictured] Chad Braatz.
Prairie Hills RC&D is an equal opportunity provider. We do not discriminate in admission, access to, treatment or employment in programs or activities on the basis of a handicap in violation of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.