District Names New Executive Director

News Release


Ed Stevenson Named Executive Director for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County


(June 20, 2017) — Ed Stevenson has been named executive director for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

“I’m very pleased to formalize Ed Stevenson’s role as executive director for the District,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “Ed is a tenured member of our leadership team, and in his time overseeing our business enterprises he has demonstrated a keen ability to think creatively, manage big projects, reduce expenses and grow relationships. He’s proven he has the necessary skills and experience to lead this organization.”

Stevenson, who has worked full-time for the District since 2004, has been serving as interim executive director since November 2016 and has also served as director of golf operations for the District since 2011. He will continue to have direct involvement in the oversight of the District’s golf operations.

“I’m excited to continue working with a very talented District staff and a Board of Commissioners that is passionate about serving DuPage County residents,” said Stevenson. “The District’s future looks bright, and it’s a privilege to lead an organization that preserves natural resources and connects people to nature.”

Stevenson has recently overseen a major environmental restoration project at The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison, which will reopen for golf this summer. Work has included improving stormwater management, providing greater water quality in Salt Creek, enhancing habitat for fish and other aquatic species, and providing the public with a premier 18-hole public golf destination rivaling any in the Midwest.

Under Stevenson’s guidance in the months ahead, District staff will begin working on several major initiatives, including the initiation of a District-wide master plan and the construction of a fleet management building at Blackwell Forest Preserve and a two-lane entrance bridge at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 62 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
 
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