The passing of the Illinois state budget brought mixed feelings for natural resource programs around the state.
Some state cost sharing programs, like Soil and Water Conservation district offices, were funded in the temporary budget agreement.
On the other hand some programs such as the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) did not collect full funding. Funded through the state, the enhancement section of CREP did not receive support.
Dozier says Illinois conservation programs will continue to build a strong relationship with other each other throughout the state despite the budget.