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Ryan Pankau
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683
rcpankau@illinois.edu

Trent Hawker
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683
tkhawke2@illinois.edu

East Central Illinois Master Naturalists

East Central Illinois Master Naturalists

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8. Success Stories

East Central Illinois Master Naturalists support our Sponsor and Partner missions and benefit our community in so many ways.  

Our 2016 accomplishments.

2016 ECIMN Annual Report

* 15,252 -- The number of volunteer hours reported by 160 Master Naturalists valued at $386,486.  24% of the volunteer hours supported our sponsors.

* Roger Inman submitted the winning photo of ice formations at Homer Lake in the ECIMN Photo Contest.  His photos and others in the contest will be used on ECIMN communications and marketing.

* Nancy Snellen has been selected to recieve Champaign County's 2016 Tourism Impact Award for her extensive volunteer efforts at Allerton Park as a Master Naturalist. Read more about Nancy's work here.

Our 2015 accomplishments.

2015 ECIMN Annual Report

* 12,345 -- The number of volunteer hours reported by 150 Master Naturalists valued at $258,216.  24% of the volunteer hours supported our sponsors.

* 900 - The number of attendees at ECIMN organized educational programs.

* "A Nature Journal" - new blog with master naturalist contributions.

*  James Long submitted the winning photo of milkweed seeds in the ECIMN Photo Contest.  His photos and others in the contest will be used on ECIMN communications and marketing.

*  Master naturalists contributed to Illinois Natural History Survey research to help solidify understanding of the pollination biology in many rare plants.  Roger Diggs' efforts viewing hours of film footage will result in a citation in a research publication.

* A master naturalist discovered a rare form of our common and native Prairie Trillium called Shay's Trillium (Trillium recurvatum shayii) at Allerton Park. Records indicated that Shay's trillium has only been observed in 4 other counties in Illinois.

Our 2014 accomplishments.

* 2014 ECIMN Annual Report

* 10,400 -- The number of volunteer hours reported by 169 Master Naturalists valued at $218,400.  21% of the volunteer hours supported our sponsors.

*  Marilyn Leger has been selected to receive the Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month's Volunteer of the Year Award to recognize her leadership in invasive species work in the state. 

*  Bev Seyler submitted the winning photo of a prothonotary warbler in the ECIMN Photo Contest.  Her photos and others in the contest will be used on ECIMN communications and marketing.

*  National Public Lands Day promotion by ECIMN resulted in 215 volunteers at 11 sites in East Central Illinois.  Numbers ranged from a hearty group of 5 at the I-72 Demonstration Prairie to more than 30 participants at both Heritage Park and Perkins Road Park.

Our 2013 accomplishments.

* 2013 ECIMN Annual Report

* 8,813-- The number of volunteer hours reported by 167 Master Naturalists as of November 2013. That’s an average of almost 53 hours per person.  Even more impressive is that we have trained 195 members and 85% are actively involved - a great retention rate!

* 255 -- The number of books in the Master Naturalist library at the Extension Office.

* Garlic Mustard Hunters got just over 6000 pounds of garlic mustard this year! Quite a feat for as cool and rainy as it has been.

* The Prairie Plots at Jefferson Middle School and Booker T. Washington schools are now fully planted with over 1700 plants and 28 different species

* The Invasive Plant Team published “Invasive Plants of East Central Illinois” . Join Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners in fighting invasive plants by becoming informed on which plants are invasive in our area and by choosing plants to avoid ecological problems.

* National Public Lands Day promotion by ECIMN led to nearly 180 volunteers covering 11 sites in East Central Illinois.

Our 2012 accomplishments.

* Great Garlic Mustard Hunt. A total of 7 tons of garlic mustard was eradicated.

* Participated in National Public Lands Day. 300 Participants among eleven groups at sites across Central Illinois performed stewardship activities.