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Natural Land Institute


For 55 years, the Natural Land Institute has helped residents of northern Illinois conserve the land they cherish. NLI is one of the oldest private conservation groups in the Midwest. The member supported, nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving land and natural diversity for future generations. Serving as a regional land trust, the Institute accepts donations of properties, buys lands, manages natural areas, and helps landowners establish legal agreements that permanently limit harmful use and development.

NLI Preserves:
Burr Oak Valley Preserve
Carl & Myrna Nygren Wetland
Colman Dells Nature Preserve
Hanover Forest
Kyte River Bottom
Lyndon Prairie
Milan Bottoms
Nieman Marsh
Pecatonica Ridge Prairie
Pecatonica Woodlands