Walking the trails in a DuPage forest preserve is a wonderful experience any time of year, but in summer, the surrounding landscape is certainly at its fullest. Oaks, hickories, and maples are fully leafed out; yellow, purple and white blooms on wildflowers are bursting; and tall native grasses and sedges create wavy curtains in warm breezes. As the state prepares to move into the final phase of Restore Illinois, the Forest Preserve District is ready to welcome its seasonal offerings as well.
Behind the scenes, staff is working to provide even more new amenities and features, a few outlined in “News & Notes." (One big project underway at The Preserve at Oak Meadows will be highlighted in our next issue.)
I know the past 18 months have been trying for visitors in many ways, but as we ready to welcome the return to “business as usual,” I hope the preserves’ trails and natural areas have provided a small respite from otherwise challenging times.
Here’s to summer, and here’s to all fans of DuPage forest preserves!