Spring 2021 Conservationist

News & Notes

Road Work Resumes Near York Woods


Starting in May, Oak Brook will continue work near York Woods to improve the intersection of York and Harger roads. When completed, the project will eliminate the need to use the Roosevelt Road interchange to access Harger Road from northbound York Road. It will also make it easier and safer to access York Woods via the Salt Creek Greenway Trail by creating a trail underpass below Harger Road.

As construction continues, the Harger Road parking lot will remain open, but sections of the Salt Creek Greenway Trail may periodically close, especially when work begins on the north side of the new underpass. Detour signs will offer alternative routes. The village expects the bulk of the work to wrap up by the end of the year.


Board of Commissioners Meetings


For the safety of visitors as well as staff, until further notice, all Board of Commissioners meetings will be online only. You can link directly to live streaming video from the Forest Preserve District’s Facebook page at facebook.com/dupageforest and from dupageforest.org.

Details on how to submit public comments or watch recordings of previous meetings and links to agendas and minutes are under “Our Board.”

Normally, commission meetings are at 8 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month; planning sessions, 8 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays. At both the board hears public comments and staff reports, discusses business, and votes on agenda items..


District Welcomes New Executive Director

karie-frilingOn March 16 the Board of Commissioners approved the hire of Karie Friling as the agency’s new executive director. Friling will join the Forest Preserve District on
April 9. The position reports to the board and is responsible for general leadership and staff management; financial management; commissioner relations; community and volunteer relations; and external management.

Friling was most recently the village manager for Homer Glen and previously served as assistant village manager and director of development services for Orland Park. She has a B.A. from Western Illinois University and a master’s in public administration from Southern Illinois University.

“Our current leadership team has the organization moving in a great direction, and the addition of Karie’s experience, talent and proven leadership gives us even more momentum as we implement our districtwide master plan,” said Forest Preserve District President Daniel Hebreard.


Collections Corners


Like natural pearls, historical treasures can be found when you least expect them. In 2019, while picking up after a Junior Golf Association event at the clubhouse at Maple Meadows in Wood Dale, a Forest Preserve District employee discovered one such treasure: a letter written by a serviceman to his parents during World War II.

In the letter, author Garold tells of writing his loved one, Luealla, during the Pacific’s rainy season when he received “in-coming mail” of a different sort. His troop at “Rock Core HQ” was struck by enemy artillery fire. Garold escaped to the safety of a nearby bunker, but his truck exploded, and his buddy died from the shelling. In the letter, Garold conveys the unadulterated dread experienced by soldiers in a foreign land while anticipating the imminent return to the front lines.

Garold’s letter captures only a brief moment. We don’t know what happened to his family, if he returned from the front lines, or who last held the letter. That’s why the Forest Preserve District is now looking to readers of the Conservationist for help. If you have further information that may help restore this letter to its proper place, please call the Forest Preserve District at 630-933-7090.


Many Thanks 

The Forest Preserve District thanks the donors who contributed to its efforts Dec. 1, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021 To learn how your financial support can benefit the District, visit dupageforest.org/friends. To give to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Friends of the Forest Preserve District, visit dupageforestgiving.org/donate.

Gifts of Note
Schuler Family Foundation
$2,000 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Ranch Spur Charitable Trust
$1,500 — Greatest needs

Joel Herning
$1,000 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

David Augustyn
$500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

DuPage Birding Club
$500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center Adopt an Animal

Sheila Norgaard
$500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Roux Associates
$500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Gary Ulfig
$500 – Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Gifts of Note to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District
$5,000 — Greatest needs

Larry Larson
$3,000 — Greatest needs and Natural Resources

Harold and Mary Bamford III
$2,000 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Michael and Diane Webb
$2,000 — Mayslake Peabody Estate and Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Seth Becker and Helen Nam
$1,570 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Patrick and Mary Mauro
$1,100 — Mayslake Peabody Estate

$1,000 — Greatest needs

P.R. Davis
$1,000 — Adopt a Blanding’s Turtle and Natural Resources

David Ginther
$1,000 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center Adopt an Animal

Carol McGee
$1,000 — Mayslake Peabody Estate and Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Elaine Novak-Jans
$1,000 — Greatest needs

Dawn Sullivan
$1,000 — Danada Equestrian Center

Ronald Crayton
$600 — Greatest needs

$500 — Greatest needs

$500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Anna and Benjamin Becker Family, Paul Becker
$500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Dennis and Debra Dean
$500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Michael Firman and Marilyn Schweitzer
$500 — Greatest needs

Corryn Greenwood
$500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Judith Grey
$500 — Belleau Woods restoration

Craig Holderness
$500 — Greatest needs

Ed Kett and Jennifer Chidlow
$500 — Greatest needs in memory of Jackson Kuncl

John Schofield
$500 — Greatest needs

Mark and Heather Yeager
$500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Daniel and Cheryl Zinnen
$500 — Natural Resources