Yednock Proposes Fossil Park

Expansion of Parks – Graphic Illinois Department of Natural Resources

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Lance Yednock introduced legislation designating and protecting the former Lone Star Quarry as a site for individuals digging for fossils. House Bill 2789 would allow the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to section off part of the former quarry for excavations for archeologists and educational organizations.

Since the closure of the quarry, the land was acquired by the state to conjoin the land with nearby Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks. Yednock’s bill would allow the state to protect the site and allow responsible use of the land by DNR as a “fossil park” and provide for educational opportunities for people of all ages.

Starved Rock Expansion Announcement in 2018 – Studstill Media Photo