About our chapter

The Northwest Illinois chapter was founded in 1993.

The NIPE philosophy of land protection and management, simply put is, "Boots on the ground conservation".

With the aid of volunteers and a co- operative effort with other conservation organizations NIPE provides assistance with the restoration and enhancement of native prairies for both private and public land owners. NIPE has provided seed and land management for small, privately owned properties as well as large tracts held in trust and open to the public. In several cases, the services provided for the properties held by government or non profit organizations represent some of the most important and significant sites in northwest Illinois.


Chapter leadership

Chair, Laura Dufford

Vice Chair and TPE Board Representative, Jim Rachuy

Secretary, Rickie Rachuy

Treasurer and Facebook contact, Karin Strenski

Land Manager, Ed Strenski