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  • 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.

  • Forest district gathers input on Horizon Farms Jun 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Cook County Forest Preserve District hosted its first public meeting Wednesday night to get input on what should be done with Horizon Farms, the nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate it recently purchased. Forest preserve staff members gave little indication of what they plan to do with their newest acquisition, which the district bought for $14.5 million, preferring to ask the residents what they would like to see. “We want to make sure we are giving you the facts and that you are hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth, no pun intended,” General Superintendent Arnold Randall said, which drew a chuckle from the more than 150 Barrington-area residents who filled the Countryside Elementary School auditorium. Randall, the forest preserve’s top administrator, fielded questions from the audience, some of which had to do with horses and if the forest preserve would consider allowing the public to board horses at the estate. Horizon Farms has about 20 horse paddocks, several barns, a large show barn and a racetrack. Randall said the forest preserve wouldn’t be able to give any detailed answers about how the existing facilities on the property would be used until they underwent a thorough safety assessment, which could take the rest of the summer. Elena Mularski, who lives across the street from Horizon Farms on Old Sutton Road, said she thinks that it is wonderful the forest preserve district will own the property and that it was seeking feedback. “My concern is the visual part of it,” Mularski said. “Right now we look at the beautiful landscape of a horse farm, and I’m just hoping that they aren’t going to be putting up structures or roads or things.” After the q-and-a session was over, Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin thanked the forest preserve staff for seeking residents’ feedback. “I’m thankful that they’re willing to respect the values and traditions of our community,” McLaughlin said, calling Horizon Farms one of the most iconic places in Barrington Hills. Randall said there would be another public meeting in the fall, after the assessment was complete but did not specify a date. Forest preserve staff members sought out the email addresses of all who attended so they could be kept up to date on the process.

  • Plan to ease flooding along Salt Creek is coming Jun 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Engineers will put together final blueprints for changes to the Busse Woods Dam in an effort to alleviate flooding along Salt Creek in Cook and DuPage counties. “Elk Grove has needed this for 55 years — almost 60 years — and will make sure it occurs,” Mayor Craig Johnson said.

  • Tombstone in woods near Northbrook leads to tale of early suburbanite May 25, 2014 11:04 PM
    The body of George S. Schnabele was lowered into its final resting place 130 years ago. The tombstone marking that spot recently turned up in a forest preserve near Northbrook, causing its finder to wonder how it got there. “There’s a good likelihood the guy was buried there before the forest preserve bought it.”

  • Summer in the Cook County forest preserves May 23, 2014 11:58 AM
    Forest Preserves of Cook County has announced longer summer hours at five of six nature centers, including Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road in Barrington Hills.

  • May is ‘Share The Trail’ month in forest preserves May 8, 2014 12:57 PM
    With more than 300 miles of paved and unpaved trails, the Forest Preserves of Cook County offers extensive pathways to truly immerse oneself in nature.

  • Forest preserve acquires disputed Barrington Hills farm for $14.5 million May 6, 2014 5:35 PM
    A Cook County judge on Monday entered an order finalizing the judicial sale of the nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate known as Horizon Farms to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, making it the district’s largest property acquisition in more than 45 years. “This kind of opportunity doesn’t come up every day in modern Cook County,” said firest preserve spokesman Don Parker.

  • New boathouse opens near Busse Reservoir Apr 26, 2014 8:00 AM
    A new 2,050-square-foot boathouse has opened along the banks of the Busse Reservoir, a centralized location within the Ned Brown Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village where outdoor enthusiasts can buy bait and tackle, rent a boat or grab a snack. The building replaces temporary trailers that have been in place for the last 12 years and previous trailers that were there since the reservoir opened to the public in 1980.

  • Cook forest preserve closer to taking over Barrington Hills farm Apr 24, 2014 10:37 AM
    A Cook County judge's ruling Wednesday put the Forest Preserve District of Cook County one step closer to taking over the 400-acre Barrington Hills horse farm and estate known as Horizon Farms. Judge Thomas R. Allen ruled against the four plaintiffs, Horizon Farms owners Richard Kirk Cannon and Meryl Squires Cannons and Todd Baker and Wanda Dziopek, both of Chicago, who claimed the forest preserve district unlawfully inserted itself in a foreclosure action involving one of the largest privately held properties in Cook County.

  • Estate owners, Cook forest preserve in tug of war over land Apr 23, 2014 11:08 AM
    A Cook County judge might rule today on a lawsuit accusing the Forest Preserve District of Cook County of unlawfully getting involved in a private foreclosure dispute involving Horizon Farms. “If the forest preserve district's legal position is accepted, there would be nothing to stop them from negotiating with the bank, showing up on your property and saying, 'this is ours,'” said attorney Matt McBride, who represents the plaintiffs.

  • Cook County celebrates Earth Day Apr 20, 2014 5:29 PM
    Cook County activities in recognition of Earth Day include a workday at Deer Grove West Forest Preserve in Palatine on Saturday, April 26.

  • Residents picket Montessori School planning new site Apr 8, 2014 3:15 PM
    Residents of an unincorporated neighborhood between Hoffman Estates, Inverness and South Barrington picketed outside Montessori School of North Hoffman Tuesday to protest plans for construction of an associated school at the intersection of Ela Road and Hickory Lane. Bob Bacon, president of the Highland Woods Neighborhood Association, said traffic safety was a top concern about the Cook County-approved plan.

  • Trout fishing opens Saturday in Cook County Apr 1, 2014 1:27 PM
    The trout fishing season in the Forest Preserves of Cook County starts at dawn Saturday, April 5. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked this week into Axehead Lake, Belleau Lake, Horsetail Lake and, new this year, Green Lake.

  • Foul play not suspected in Rosemont-area death Mar 25, 2014 7:34 PM
    Authorities say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a man found Monday morning in a forest preserve near Rosemont. The Cook County medical examiner’s office conducted an autopsy Tuesday, but said a final determination on cause of death will not come until further tests are conducted.

  • Get set for spring with activities in the Cook County forest preserves Feb 26, 2014 2:25 PM
    Getting a little tired of winter? The Cook County Forest Preserve District has scheduled spring activities, starting in March, all over the county.

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