Public Invited to Provide Input on District's Five-Year Master Plan

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Residents Invited to Provide Input on District's Proposed Five-Year Master Plan

Public comment period open Nov. 13 – 27

(Nov. 13, 2019) — DuPage County residents are invited to give feedback on a proposed master plan identifying the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s priority projects and initiatives for the next five years.

Residents are asked to email their comments Nov. 13 – 27 to master-plan@dupageforest.org. Comments should include the respondent’s name and address.

The master plan is expected to come before the Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners for an overview of public feedback and presentation of the final draft master plan on Dec. 10, and the Board is expected to vote on whether to approve the plan at its Dec. 17 meeting.
 
The Forest Preserve District last completed a master plan in 1992. Since then the agency has acquired 3,300 additional acres; completed numerous major natural-resource 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 District needed an updated master plan to address this changed environment.

In late 2017 the Forest Preserve District began a robust planning process and held numerous community meetings and surveys to gather feedback from the public, volunteers, staff, commissioners, and special-interest groups. In all, the Forest Preserve District gathered input from more than 6,500 people.

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.
 
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 60+ forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six 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, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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