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Sand Bay Fish Habitat Area (A)

Sand Bay, Australia


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Sand Ridge State Forest is a conservation area located in the U.S. state of Illinois. Containing 7,200 acres (2,900 ha), it is the largest state forest in Illinois. It is located in northern Mason County. The nearest town is Manito, Illinois and the nearest numbered highway is U.S. Highway 136. It is located on a low bluff, or "sand ridge", overlooking the Illinois River, hence the name.

The Sand Ridge State Forest largely dates back to 1939, when the state of Illinois purchased parcels of submarginal sandy farmland for conservation purposes. The Civilian Conservation Corps planted pine trees on much of the land. Today, the 7,200-acre (2,900 ha) state forest contains 3,916 acres (1,585 ha) of dryland oak-hickory woodlands, 2,492 acres (1,008 ha) of pine woodlands, and 792 acres (321 ha) of open fields and sand prairies, which include Pricky Pear Cactus, Opuntia.

Sand Ridge is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) as open space for active recreational purposes, especially whitetail deer hunting. Sand Ridge State Forest lost about 100 acres (40 ha) due to a fire in early 2012 caused by a man burning brush in high winds which sparked the trees.

Revis Hill Prairie, also located within Mason County, is operated by IDNR as a disjunct area of Sand Ridge State Forest.

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  • WDPA ID24213
  • NameSand Bay
  • Original NameSand Bay
  • Country / TerritoryAUS
  • Sub locationAU-QLD
  • IUCN CategoryVIWhat is this?
  • English DesignationFish Habitat Area (A)
  • Designation TypeNational
  • StatusDesignated
  • Status Year1986
  • Reported Area km2114.9
  • Marinetrue
  • Reported Marine Area km2114.9
  • No TakeNot Reported
  • No Take Area km20.0
  • Governance TypeFederal or national ministry or agency
  • International CriteriaNot Applicable
  • Management AuthorityQueensland - Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPIF)
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported




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Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DeSEWPC) (2010)

Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (2010) Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database 2010. Australian Government, Canberra, Australia.
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