Master Plan

The Need for a New Master Plan

The Forest Preserve District completed its last master plan in 1992. Since then the agency acquired 3,300 additional acres, completed  numerous major natural-recourse restoration projects; improved its five nature and cultural centers and added a sixth; renovated two golf courses; and added new trails, parking lots, shelters, and other amenities. After 27 years, the Forest Preserve District needed an updated master plan to address this changed environment.

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.

Public Comment Period Nov. 13 – 27, 2019

Residents are invited to review the plan and provide comments about it by sending comments Nov. 13 – 27, 2019 to, filling out the online form below; mailing comments to the address below; or leaving your written feedback at our Danada headquarters or one of our six education centers, where hard copies of master plan will be available for review.
Mail comments to:
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Attn. Master Plan Feedback
3S580 Naperville Road
P.O. Box 5000
Wheaton, IL 60189
To protect the integrity of the public comment process, the District requests that commenters provide their name and address, and that commenters provide comments about the same issue only once.
After the comments are collected, they will be evaluated, and a summary of comments will be shared with the Board of Commissioners and posted on this page. The final master plan may be refined with consideration of the input gathered.

Online Master Plan Comment Form


Next Steps

Nov. 13 – Dec. 5, 2019:
  • Review and consideration of public comments

Dec. 10, 2019:

  • Overview of public feedback and presentation of final draft Master Plan

Dec. 17, 2019:

  • Request approval of Master Plan