An office closing in Illinois may well mean fewer biologists to keep an eye on the environment, state parks, woods, waters and hunting grounds in the area.
State consolidation of offices and elimination of positions continues to affect the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
On Friday, a call from this reporter placed to the DNR office in Sterling about a fish kill at Lake DePue was greeted with the message that the phone at that office was disconnected. The phone number given on a recording is that of the office atMorrison-RockwoodState Park (home of Lake Carlton).
Several Department of Natural Resources biologists who oversaw studies and operations in northernIllinoishave retired in recent years, and many either aren’t being replaced or their replacements are being assigned
A wildlife biologist retired a year ago, and longtime regional fisheries biologist Dan Sallee retired this year.
Biologists and scientists won’t be missed in northern and North Central Illinois until things go wrong or environments or flora and fauna go completely out of balance.