Summer 2022 Conservationist

From the President

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Summer greetings from the Forest Preserve District! I sincerely hope you’re able to get out and enjoy all your forest preserves have to offer. We’re pleased to present a robust lineup of activities and events this season, so whether you’re interested in kids programs, golf, camping, or simply spending time in nature, we have something for everyone.

This summer will also be a busy time for forest preserve improvements. As you travel throughout the county, you’ll see many projects underway. In April the board approved the final master plan and contract for the new Willowbrook Wildlife Center. This multiyear project will transform Willowbrook into a state-of-the-science center that will serve as a national leader in animal care, rehabilitation, and education for decades. Other summer efforts include a new parking lot at Waterfall Glen, exterior structural improvements at Mayslake Hall, new flushable family restrooms at Wood Dale Grove and Waterfall Glen, and bridge replacements at Hidden Lake. Throughout the District you’ll also see crews performing regular maintenance and working on important infrastructure and natural restoration projects.

As you enjoy our preserves and programs, please stay safe. Our rangers and police officers are available to assist 365 days a year. As you visit some of the preserves this summer, you may see new security cameras at the entrances. These have been installed to deter crime and protect our visitors. Public safety is a top priority, so if you see something, say something.

I wish you a great summer enjoying nature (and encourage you to check out “Top 10 Trail Trip Must-Haves” on Page 19 before you head out). If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at dhebreard@dupageforest.org. I’ll see you on the trails!

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Daniel Hebreard
President, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County