Nature Preserves Commission

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Todd Strole

Contact Title

Executive Director

Contact E-Mail


The Commission maintains inventories and records of nature preserves, other natural areas, and species of plants and animals and their habitats; participates in protection and management of nature preserves; formulates policy and adopts rules for selection,acquisition, and dedication of land in nature preserves system, and protection of rare species' habitats, geological and archaeological sites, and artifacts.


3 years (may be appointed to two full terms) and serves until replaced

Senate Confirmation


Party Affiliation



By statute, must be recommended by Director of Illinois Natural History Survey and of Illinois State Museum




9 members


Elected by members


525 ILCS 30/4

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
DeMauro-Roth, Marcella M. 07/30/2026 07/21/2023 Governor Member Will
Kessel, Adam 06/30/2026 05/26/2023 Governor Member Cook
Miraglia, Radhika 06/30/2025 07/01/2023 Governor Member Cook
Szafoni, Robert 06/30/2025 06/30/2022 Governor Member Champaign
Lewis, Abigail 06/30/2018 01/24/2014 Governor Member, Chair Cook
Oplt, Toni Louise 06/30/2027 11/18/2022 Governor Member Madison
Evans, Christopher W. 06/30/2027 07/01/2024 Governor Member
Parker, Michelle 06/30/2025 06/30/2022 Governor Member,Secretary Cook
Clay, Thomas E. 06/30/2026 07/01/2023 Governor Member Jo Daviess