The Forest Preserve District's board of commissioners approved the 2019 master plan on Dec. 17, 2019.
The Planning Process
In late 2017 the Forest Preserve District began a robust planning process. It inventoried its current holdings and compared them against similar agencies. It held meetings for the public, volunteers, staff, commissioners, and special-interest groups and conducted surveys. In all, the District gathered input from more than 6,500 people. It looked at national, state and regional trends.
Goals, Objectives and Tactics
From this extensive research the Forest Preserve District identified key priorities to guide it over the next five years: protect and restore natural resources; provide and improve nature experiences and outdoor recreation; maintain and improve trails; and invest in existing mission-aligned facilities.
Certified Projects, Initiatives and Other Considerations
Based on these priorities the Forest Preserve District formulated a list of certified projects and other initiatives to fulfill its goals, objectives and tactics. It is important to note, though, that unforeseen grant funding or new partnerships may bring additional mission-aligned opportunities, which the Forest Preserve District will be flexible enough to address.