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  • Cook County picnic permits go on sale Friday Dec 31, 2014 6:24 AM
    People planning large group picnics in Cook County’s forest preserves can make reservations starting Friday. County officials say that picnic permits will be sold online and in person at the forest preserve headquarters in River Forest. Sales start at 8 a.m. Doors open for in-person sales at 7 a.m. Anyone planning a picnic for a group of 25 or more must obtain a permit. The prices vary depending on the size of the groups and other factors. The forest preserve system has nearly 300 picnic groves and nearly 10 percent of the annual permits are usually sold on the first day. This year, more than 1 million people took part in permitted picnic events in the forest preserves.

     
  • Cook County forest preserve picnic permits on sale 8 a.m. Friday Dec 30, 2014 5:30 PM
    Picnic permit purchases, a New Year tradition for many Cook County residents, will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at the Forest Preserves of Cook County General Headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. Online purchases will also begin at 8 a.m.

     
  • Restoration work set for suburban forest preserve Dec 26, 2014 6:32 AM
    Restoration work begins this month on hundreds of acres of Cook County preserve land near Wheeling. In a statement, forest preserve officials say contractors will remove trees from land near Wheeling. The restoration will continue through winter. The goal is to restore habitat for native plants and animals. Officials say removing trees increases how much sunlight reaches growth on the ground. It also provides shelter and reduces erosion. Forest Preserves chief ecologist Chip O’Leary says some landscape might look bare, but it’ll rebound with grasses and wildflowers in a season or two. O’Leary says the changes will help create a better habitat for animals and improve the land for hiking. Officials say the wood be used to produce lumber and firewood, which is estimated to save approximately $235,000.

     
  • Habitat restoration to begin near Wheeling Dec 24, 2014 5:15 PM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County will begin restoring 259 acres of forest preserve land near Wheeling this winter, removing nonnative trees from the Portwine, Dam #1 Woods and Willow-Sanders properties, from Willow Road north to Lake-Cook Road.

     
  • Cook County Forest Preserve begins $500,000 project near Wheeling Dec 23, 2014 6:07 PM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County is beginning a $500,000 restoration project on 259 acres of forest preserve land near Wheeling, according to a media release. According to the forest preserves, workers will remove a large number of trees from the Portwine, Dam #1 Woods and Willow-Sanders properties, which stretch from Willow Road in the south to Lake-Cook Road in the north.

     
  • No winter hunker down here Check out forest preserve’s new lineup of special events, programs Dec 22, 2014 2:46 PM
    If predictions turn out to be true, 2014-15 could be another big winter … or not. But no matter how much snow and cold we get, the Forest Preserves of Cook County invite you to stay active and keep learning all winter long with its great lineup of exciting winter events.

     
  • Officials: Woman fabricated forest preserve stabbing story Dec 3, 2014 5:58 PM
    A weekend incident where a woman was stabbed while jogging in a suburban forest preserve does not appear to have happened as originally reported, authorities said Tuesday.

     
  • Police believe Palatine stabbing unrelated to similar attacks Nov 30, 2014 4:55 PM
    Authorities believe the stabbing of a 33-year-old woman in a forest preserve near Palatine is not connected to attacks on other women along Northwest suburban jogging trails over the past 14 months.

     
  • Police: Woman stabbed in forest preserve near Palatine Nov 29, 2014 10:46 PM
    A 33-year-old woman was stabbed jogging on a trail in the Deer Grove East forest preserve in Palatine Saturday afternoon, authorities said. Her attacker fled on foot and is described as Hispanic, 5 foot 7 inches tall, medium build and bald. He was wearing a black shirt and two earrings in his right ear, Cook County Forest Preserves police spokesman Don Parker said.

     
  • Enjoy fall colors at River Trails Fall Festival Sunday Oct 17, 2014 4:32 PM
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  • Trout season in Cook County Forest Preserves begins Saturday Oct 14, 2014 1:32 PM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County’s 2014 fall inland trout fishing season will start at dawn on Saturday, Oct. 18. Catchable-sized rainbow trout (1/2 to 3/4 pounds average) will be stocked into Busse Reservoir — North Pool, Axehead Lake, Belleau Lake, Horsetail Lake and, new for the fall season, Green Lake.

     
  • Public-private partnership honored for Bluff Spring Fen conservation work Oct 13, 2014 8:33 AM
    Four people have been given the Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award from the Audubon — Chicago Region honoring a public-private conservation and development initiative to restore the Bluff Spring Fen. Mike Vondra, owner and president of Bluff City Materials Inc. in Bartlett, Steven Byers and John Nelson of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, and David Clement of Vulcan Materials Co. which has a plant in Bartlett were recognized for a project which spanned 11 years.

     
  • Third Des Plaines River Trail Bike Ride returns Saturday Sep 18, 2014 5:38 PM
    A community bike ride this weekend will take cyclists not quite over the river — but next to it — and through the woods in Des Plaines. The 9-mile, family-friendly Des Plaines River Trail Bike Ride is back Saturday after a one-year absence, starting and ending at the Historic Methodist CampGround .

     
  • Your news Watch artists at work during Art in Nature Sep 11, 2014 11:41 AM
    Come watch more than 40 artists painting along scenic nature trails at Crabtree Nature Center's fifth annual Art in Nature event.

     
  • Crabtree’s Art in Nature on Sept. 21 Sep 5, 2014 7:09 AM
    Come watch over forty artists painting along scenic nature trails at Crabtree Nature Center's fifth annual Art in Nature event.

     
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County hosts photo contest Sep 5, 2014 11:40 PM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting its third annual photo contest to showcase the best photos of the places, people, flora and fauna of the Forest Preserves as captured by amateur and professional photographers.

     
  • GOP Family Picnic at Busse Woods Sept. 14 Sep 3, 2014 1:25 PM
    The 34th annual Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Busse Woods Forest Preserve — Grove 27 near Elk Grove Village. Tickets are $10 per family, which includes hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, grilled corn, soda, water and beer. There also will be a police K9 show, a farm petting zoo, face painting, games and an inflatable bounce house for kids.

     
  • Families can pitch tents in forest preserves on wilderness weekend Aug 14, 2014 2:13 PM
    Families from Chicago and across Cook County can experience the great outdoors in new ways during a series of camping activities in the Forest Preserves of Cook County the weekend of Sept. 20. For the second year, an overnight “camp-out” will be held in the Palos Preserves in partnership with the Chicago Park District.

     
  • Former owners launch second suit over sale of Horizon Farms Jul 24, 2014 5:22 AM
    The former owners of Horizon Farms have sued a local bank and others, disputing the legality of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's purchase of the nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate, and claiming the forest preserve paid almost double the appraisal price.

     
  • Policy council coming for Cook forests Jul 22, 2014 4:34 PM
    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.

     
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