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Celebrate Earth Day with the Cook County Forest Preserve

By at April 8, 2013 | 2:47 pm | 0 Comment

Celebrate Earth Day with the Cook County Forest Preserve

Monday, April 22 is Earth Day. Throughout the second half of April the Forest Preserve District of Cook County will hold special events and volunteer workdays to celebrate the occasion. “The Forest Preserve District of Cook County manages nearly 69,000 acres of beautiful preserves, perfect for hiking, biking, bird-watching, fishing, and many other healthy, more...

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2013 Trout Fishing Season Opens Saturday, April 6

By at March 28, 2013 | 2:35 pm | 0 Comment

2013 Trout Fishing Season Opens Saturday, April 6

Experienced fishermen and novices alike can enjoy trout fishing at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s three trout fishing locations – Axehead and Belleau Lakes in Park Ridge and Sag Quarry-East in Lemont – when the 2013 season opens on Saturday, April 6. From Monday, April 1 through dawn on Saturday, April 6, the three lakes will be closed to all more...

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Former CPD Captain John J. Roberts Named Forest Preserve Chief of Police

By at March 7, 2013 | 3:02 pm | 0 Comment

Former CPD Captain John J. Roberts Named Forest Preserve Chief of Police

Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has appointed former Chicago Police Department Captain John J. Roberts to be the District’s new Chief of Police. Roberts will start this position on March 5, 2013. The District’s previous Police Chief, Richard Waszak, retired in late 2012 after ten years in the role. Roberts retired from the more...

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Judge Dismisses Shakman Litigation Against the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

By at February 14, 2013 | 4:06 pm | 0 Comment

Judge Dismisses Shakman Litigation Against the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier has granted a motion to dismiss the Shakman litigation against the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The motion was filed jointly by the District and Michael Shakman, with the agreement of the Court-Appointed District Compliance Administrator. With this decision, the Judge confirmed that the District has more...

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Forest Preserve District of Cook County Releases its Camping Master Plan

By at January 14, 2013 | 9:05 am | 0 Comment

Forest Preserve District of Cook County Releases its Camping Master Plan

Originally published January 12, 2012 at FPDCC.com Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and General Superintendent Arnold Randall today released the District’s new camping master plan. “Our goal was to create a camping program that showcases the rich heritage of our preserves and celebrates the cultural and natural landmarks more...

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FPDCC Volunteer Spotlight: Gully Walkers

By at January 4, 2013 | 2:26 pm | 0 Comment

FPDCC Volunteer Spotlight: Gully Walkers

Originally published in the January 3, 2013 edition of FPDCC.com Though the name “Gully Walkers” vaguely suggests a band of restless apparitions or the title of a Disney movie, it’s really Friends of the Chicago River’s newest volunteer opportunity, and a unique way to care for the forest preserves and the Chicago River at the same time. Gullies are more...

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Keeping Resolutions

By at January 4, 2013 | 9:09 am | 0 Comment

Keeping Resolutions

Originally published in the January 3, 2013 edition of FPDCC.com Just a few days ago, many of us made New Year’s resolutions. Very often, we choose resolutions that address something fundamental and ambitious—to get healthy, work harder, be nicer. But we can predict the fate of all too many of these resolutions. More than a few optimistic revelers will set a more...

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FPDCC Opens Oak Forest Heritage Preserve

By at December 7, 2012 | 11:49 am | 0 Comment

FPDCC Opens Oak Forest Heritage Preserve

Originally published November 30, 2012 at the Forest Preserve website The Forest Preserve District of Cook County has opened portions of the new Oak Forest Heritage Preserve to the public. The 176.3 acre preserve is located on 159th Street, east of Cook County’s Oak Forest Medical Center campus. Visitors should enter the Oak Forest Heritage Preserve off of more...

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Become a Forest Preserve Holiday Volunteer

By at December 1, 2012 | 9:32 am | 0 Comment

Become a Forest Preserve Holiday Volunteer

We often think of the holiday season as a time for giving-to our families, our friends and our larger communities. But what about giving back to the earth? The tallgrass prairies and savannas of Cook County are rarer and more threatened than the tropical rainforests. After nearly two centuries of urban development and farming in the region, they've been reduced to a more...

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The Forest Preserve is Going Hyperspectral

By at November 30, 2012 | 12:18 pm | 1 Comments

The Forest Preserve is Going Hyperspectral

Originally appeared in the November 29, 2012 edition of the Cook County Forest Preserve's website Wetlands are lands that are wet for at least part of the year. They provide critical feeding, resting and breeding habitat to many kinds of waterfowl, amphibians and reptiles, fish, small mammals and dragonflies. Thanks to a collaboration between the Forest Preserve more...

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