The Rockford Airport expansion plans include development on the Bell Bowl Prairie, a historic natural landscape that supports rare and endangered species. Just this year the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, a federally endangered species, was observed on the prairie.
Less than 1/100th of 1% of our native prairie landscape remains in Illinois. We must do better if we intend to continue calling ourselves the Prairie State. Further, this is an opportunity to confront the climate crisis through preserving a treasured natural area. The economic benefits of the airport expansion are not greater than the ecological benefits we receive from this rare and remnant habitat. A responsible and sustainable solution must be embraced.
Contact Governor Pritzker to let him know how important this historic remnant prairie is to the biodiversity of our state and to Rockford.
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