This book is a combination of a five-year process of data collection, research, and analysis. Several students who include Linda Berkowitz, Cindy Bucci, Billie Jean Van Cleave, Kathleen Delaney, Nancy Donati, Linda Finegold, Sue McFaul, David Rubin, and Yoriko Yamao, were instrumental in the successful completion of this research. These people spent countless hours assisting me with data entry, research into historical documents, and helping me manage every aspect of the data set. Many of these students volunteered time beyond the maximum funded by the university. Most of the work landed on Yoriko Yamao who was the final graduate research assistant in the book production process. She primarily helped with the 1995-1999 data. Linda Berkowitz volunteered time with data entry on endangered species amid the many other time commitments she had to balance. Linda Finegold contributed in the early data management of the Great Lakes sections. She has been a fellow investigator and a constant source of research expertise. Kathleen Delaney provided outstanding assistance in editing and making suggestions to better the manuscript. Cindy Bucci, Billie Jean Van Cleave and David Rubin assisted early in the process, helping to initiate the project. Nancy Donati and Sue McFaul also were helpful with data entry and assistance in acquiring information.
Colleagues who provided me intellectual guidance, endured my requests for reviews of the manuscript, and supported me throughout the process include David Hamilton, Dan Krause, Leonard Robins, Margie Rung and Jeff Talbert. Years ago, through the State of Illinois