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updated: 7/22/2014 4:34 PM

Policy council coming for Cook forests

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Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle introduced an ordinance Tuesday that will create a Conservation and Policy Council. In February, the county adopted the Next Century Conservation Plan to guide the Forest Preserves for the next 100 years.

The main charge of the council will be to advise county officials on specific steps to implement the Next Century Conservation Plan's vision of a vibrant, ecologically healthy and welcoming forest preserves system that contributes to the quality of life and prosperity of Cook County over the long term.

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In addition, the council will be responsible for developing and annually updating a strategic plan, as well as reviewing and making recommendations for the annual budget, conservation policies and practices, and long-term strategic issues.

The council will consist of 11 volunteers appointed by the president and ratified by the board of commissioners.

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