An official announcement is still absent, but it appears the new executive director of the Illinois Conservation Foundation will be former Ducks Unlimited Illinois Conservation Program Manager Eric Schenck.
The ICF’s top position has been vacant since Eric Schmidt was let go last year.
Again, DNR has been quiet, but the ICF website now lists Schenck as the executive director and even contains a biography that is dated April 3, 2017 — next Monday.
“Eric is an Illinois native who, as a boy, developed an early passion for conservation while hunting and fishing on his family’s livestock and grain farm,” the bio explains. “Mr. Schenck holds a B.S. degree in wildlife management from the University of Idaho and M.F.S in forest science from Yale University. He has 30 years of professional experience working in natural resource policy and wildlife conservation, including nearly nine years working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and four years as a Section Chief for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks with responsibility for state threatened and endangered species protection. Schenck also served two terms on the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District Board and was twice elected as Alderman for the City of Canton, serving as Chairman of the Lake, Buildings and Grounds and Finance Committees. Most recently, Mr. Schenck held the position of Manager of Conservation Programs with Ducks Unlimited with responsibility for raising funds and administering waterfowl conservation programs in Illinois and Indiana.”
Look for more on this in the April 6 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.