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Chicago Office Coordinates Seminar on Endangered Dragonfly Conservation

Region 3, February 7, 2013
Adult male Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana)
Adult male Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) - Photo Credit: n/a

A 12.5 mile extension of I-355 in the Chicago metro area provided the impetus for forming a working group to plan and carry out conservation for the Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana). In the western suburbs of Chicago this six-lane interstate extension crosses the lower Des Plaines River valley where wetlands intersected by the highway bridge are home to the endangered dragonfly.
The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority incorporated conservation measures into the project design including creation of a Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Working Group. The Working Group* has over 17 partners that include regulatory agencies, three county Forest Preserve Districts (which own the restoration sites), and representatives from academia and the private sector.
The working group collaborated in the early stages of consultation and before construction to identify habitat that needed to be assessed and surveyed. They then planned and carried out the approved conservation measures that included specifics of habitat restoration, genetics research, and development of a captive rearing program for introduction into successfully created and restored habitat.
The Working Group held it annual seminar to present the results of restoration management, genetic analysis, captive rearing, adult and larval surveys and an assessment on the status of the species. They have expanded the annual meeting as a webinar that is made available to partners across the range of the Hine’s. This year’s meeting included over 30 stakeholders from 16 organizations across 3 states.

-*The Hine’s emerald Dragonfly Work Group Members: USFWS (Chicago Field Office), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Chicago District), Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Museum, University of South Dakota, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, EarthTech, CTE, Inc., V3 Consultants, Forest Preserve Districts of Will, Cook, and DuPage Counties, DuPage County Department of Environmental Concerns, Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District, and K-Plus Inc.

Contact Info: Kristopher Lah, (847) 381-2253 ext.15, Kristopher_Lah@fws.gov