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Celebrating the Next Generation

Celebrating the Next Generation

Illinois Cooperative Soil Survey

Governors Proclamation

WHEREAS, "The wealth of Illinois is in her soil and her strength lies in its intelligent development" (A.S. Draper, President of the University of Illinois, 1899);

WHEREAS, The State of Illinois is dedicated to promoting the conservation and wise use of our soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources to the end that these natural resources may be used and enjoyed by Illinoians forever;

WHEREAS, The Illinois Cooperative Soil Survey partnership has worked together for nearly a century to cooperatively investigate, inventory, document, classify, and interpret the soils of Illinois and disseminate, publish and promote the use of information about the soils of Illinois:

WHEREAS, The soil data provided by the cooperative soil survey is used by Illinoians to judiciously and efficiently appraise and manage land for agriculture and for rural and community development and to understand, protect, and enhance the environment;

WHEREAS, It has long been the objective of the cooperative soil survey to provide an inventory of the state's soil resources that is complete, current, and meets, the needs of the users;

WHEREAS, The "first generation" soil survey for Illinois was completed in 1928; the "second generation" milestone was reached this year, 1995; and the "next generation" soil survey for Illinois has begun:

THEREFORE, I, Jim Edgar, Governor of the State of Illinois do hereby proclaim July to December 1995 as the period for celebrating the next generation of the Illinois Cooperative Soil Survey partnership and recognizing the accomplishments and initiatives of the partnership.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the great Seal of the State of Illinois to be affixed.

Done at the Capitol, in the City of Springfield, this fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord; one thousand nine hundred and ninety-five and of the State of Illinois the one hundred and seventy-seventh.