Strategic plans for two local IDNR sites released on Monday

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE–A public meeting was held on Monday at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta to discuss the strategic plans for the complex as well as for Pyramid State Recreation Area. Pictured speaking at the meeting is Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor John Dunn, while State Senator Paul Schimpf, SIU Office of Innovation and Economic Development Interim Executive Director Lynn Andersen Lindberg and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callahan look on.

“Success doesn’t happen by accident, it takes hard work and planning,” commented State Senator Paul Schimpf during a meeting held Monday at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta.

The focus of this meeting was the future of both the shooting complex and Pyramid State Recreation Area in Perry County, as the strategic plans for both sites were presented.

Last year, with the help of Schimpf, a task force of local and state leaders, elected officials, local business representatives and others, was created. This led to a memorandum of understanding between Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Innovation and Economic Development Office and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to conduct studies to create these strategic plans to maximize the benefits and economic development of the two sites and the region.

Starting the meeting, SIU Innovation and Economic Development Office Interim Executive Director Lynn Andersen Lindberg noted that these plans will provide guidance for these important sites. 

For more from this meeting, please see this week’s print edition.