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Macon County Conservation District

DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District is crafting a master plan to guide its next decade, and officials want the community's help. 

Residents can take part either by attending a meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. May 23 at the Decatur Civic Center or by taking an online survey at The survey will be available from Friday to June 15. 

"To help us in this process, we're looking for everyone's input," Executive Director Paul Marien said in a statement. "All Macon County residents are encouraged to participate, regardless of how often you visit any of the conservation areas or participate in its programs, if at all."

The conservation district maintains more than 3,300 acres of natural areas and historic sites, and offers educational and recreational programs.

Rock Springs Nature Center and portions of the Rock Springs-Fairview bike trail are among the district's public conservation areas that are open year-round. 

The goals of the new master plan include the following: 

  • Determining community sentiment about existing facilities and services
  • Recognizing district needs as identified by the community
  • Defining strategic and measurable goals for the next 10 years

The conservation district last adopted a master plan in December 2004. Hitchcock Design Group, which has offices in Chicago and Naperville, is overseeing the development of the new plan and expects it to be published in October. 

For more information about the master plan and how to get involved, visit

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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