Illinois holds a great diversity of natural habitats and communities, from cypress swamps in the south, beech maple forests in the east, tallgrass prairies in the central region, steep bluffs and palisades along the western rivers, bogs and wetlands in the northern counties, and numerous other unique natural communities in between.
The purposes of the Illinois Native Plant Society are several fold, focusing on promoting the study and appreciation of Illinois' natural vegetation and providing educational resources for all those that wish to learn or share in our enthusiasm, as stated in our by-laws,
The purposes of the Illinois Native Plant Society are: 1) to promote the study, appreciation, and conservation of the native flora and natural communities of Illinois; 2) to provide education to the general public as to the value of the native flora and its habitat; and 3) to produce publications that provide an outlet for such information, including but not limited to, the peer-reviewed journal of the INPS (Erigenia) and the quarterly newsletter (The Harbinger).
As a state, we have long been blessed with a great legacy of individuals and organizations that have devoted immense time and efforts toward the study, protection, and care of our natural resources. Please join us as we strive to uphold this legacy and share our appreciation of Illinois' natural treasures with current and future generations.
Loda Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve, Iroquois County, Illinois (photo by Chris Benda)