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Artificial Aquatic Habitats

By at October 16, 2012 | 1:51 pm | 0 Comment

Artificial Aquatic Habitats

Originally published Thursday October 11, at the  Forest Preserve District of Cook County website: Did you know all of the Forest Preserve District’s fishing lakes are man-made? Many of our lakes began as borrow pits (enormous holes left behind after land is excavated) for road and highway construction—not the ideal location for fish, wildlife or plant life. more...

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FPDCC Releases New Land Acquisition Plan

By at October 9, 2012 | 2:41 pm | 0 Comment

FPDCC Releases New Land Acquisition Plan

Originally published at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's website The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) filed its 2012 land acquisition plan with the Board of Commissioners October 3rd. The District’s previous land acquisition plan was published in 1994 and updated in 2000. Earlier this summer, the District issued its first General more...

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New Life on the Des Plaines River: Hofmann Dam Removal Project

By at October 3, 2012 | 3:33 pm | 0 Comment

New Life on the Des Plaines River: Hofmann Dam Removal Project

Residents in Lyons and Riverside have seen some big changes in the Des Plaines River. In June of this year, the Hofmann Dam was breached, the last of three low-head dams to recently be removed from the River. The first Hofmann Dam was installed in the early part of the last century, when it was not uncommon for the entire Des Plaines River to dry up. Adding the dam more...

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FPDCC NeighborhoodSpace Addresses Big City, Small Spaces

By at October 3, 2012 | 2:45 pm | 0 Comment

FPDCC NeighborhoodSpace Addresses Big City, Small Spaces

Have you heard of NeighborSpace? It’s an innovative way for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to support Chicago residents through open space projects that were once considered too small and too urban to be compatible with the District’s system of preserves and natural areas. By design, the Forest Preserves circle the city, an oasis of natural areas and more...

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Cook County Forest Preserve District Hosting First Ever Photo Contest

By at September 4, 2012 | 2:41 pm | 4 Comments

Cook County Forest Preserve District Hosting First Ever Photo Contest

We know you have great photos of the Cook County forest preserves and we want to include them in the 2013 Forest Preserve District of Cook County wall calendar. Submit your photos at their Flickr page www.flickr.com/groups/fpdcc  August 30, 2012 – September 10, 2012. Then check back on their Facebook page more...

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Forest Preserve District Researchers Assist with the Effort to Protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp

By at August 30, 2012 | 10:24 am | 0 Comment

Forest Preserve District Researchers Assist with the Effort to Protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp

The Great Lakes ecosystems remain under a significant threat from Asian carp. These unwelcome invaders can crowd out other fish species by outcompeting them for food resources. The carp have already overrun parts of the Illinois River, in some cases, accounting for more than 90% of the fish biomass. The presence of Asian carp in the Great Lakes could have devastating more...

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Camping In Cook County Forest Preserve District: Master Plan Drafted

By at August 27, 2012 | 1:20 pm | 2 Comments

Camping In Cook County Forest Preserve District: Master Plan Drafted

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) has published an early draft of its camping master plan. The plan is available for public viewing online at www.fpdcc.com/camping. The plan is working document, and remains in a conceptual phase. It was presented to the public for feedback during a series of open meetings held on August 22 and August 23. The final more...

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Forest Preserve District Unveils Oak Forest Heritage Preserve Master Plan

By at August 15, 2012 | 9:44 am | 0 Comment

Forest Preserve District Unveils Oak Forest Heritage Preserve Master Plan

The Oak Forest Heritage Preserve Master Plan is a comprehensive vision for the future development, public use, and long-term management of the Oak Forest Heritage Preserve. The plan is intended to help guide circulation and access improvements, ecological and site restoration, memorialization of sacred space, implementation of recreational amenities, and the more...

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Don’t Miss the Final “Film in The Forest” Tuesday, August 14th

By at August 7, 2012 | 4:04 pm | 0 Comment

Don’t Miss the Final “Film in The Forest” Tuesday, August 14th

Learn about birds... Make a kite...Go fly a kite...Relax and enjoy a movie. All in the great out of doors! Activities begin at 6:30pm with the film being shown at dusk til 10:30pm. In the movie, "The Big Year",  hilarious comedians Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from different walks of life who participate in the biggest more...

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Governor Quinn Signs Bill Increasing Participation of Minority and Woman-owned Businesses in FPDCC Contracts

By at July 18, 2012 | 3:25 pm | 0 Comment

Governor Quinn Signs Bill Increasing Participation of Minority and Woman-owned Businesses in FPDCC Contracts

Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law today allowing the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to establish provisions to address the underuse of minority and women-owned businesses (MBE/WBE) with respect to construction and procurement contracts. The bill was a high priority to Cook County Board President Preckwinkle’s administration and she hand-delivered it more...

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