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  • Nonprofit group asks to use St. James Farm near Warrenville Aug 13, 2014 4:56 PM
    A nonprofit group that provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with physical, emotional, cognitive or social challenges would like to conduct its program at St. James Farm near Warrenville. But building code issues and questions about how the proposed arrangement could make it impossible for the DuPage County Forest Preserve to support the group's request.

  • DuPage forest preserve director may be on way out Aug 5, 2014 5:59 PM
    Arnie Biondo’s tenure as executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District is in jeopardy roughly eight months after it began. Forest preserve commissioners met behind closed doors for more than three hours Tuesday before emerging to announce Biondo has been placed on paid leave. They said in a written statement that Biondo and the district are “evaluating employment options” and details will be made public within two weeks.

  • See a snake? No need to be scared Jul 16, 2014 2:37 PM
    With the warmer weather snakes are on the the move in DuPage County, but forest preserve officials say visitors to forest preserves should not be alarmed and are not in danger of meeting a venomous snake.

  • DuPage survey respondents say preservation is key Jul 11, 2014 11:54 PM
    Preserving and protecting natural areas and wildlife for future generations should be the top priority of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, according to residents who responded to a survey. Not as many of the respondents believe the district should focus on adding land and far fewer consider providing historical sites to be a priority.

  • DuPage forest preserve seeking donations for Mayslake project Jul 8, 2014 4:24 PM
    Despite a $215,000 state grant, the DuPage County Forest Preserve District needs another $310,000 to proceed with planned exterior restoration work at Mayslake Hall in Oak Brook. On Tuesday, officials said the district has received about $75,800 in charitable donations for the project, which would restore the rear courtyard of the historic mansion in Mayslake Forest Preserve. The hope is that continued fundraising efforts will further reduce the amount the district must pay for the work, which is scheduled to begin next summer.

  • First phase of Wheaton sensory playground, gardens opening soon Jul 6, 2014 8:01 AM
    If the weather starts to cooperate, planners say the first phase of a nearly $2.5 million sensory playground and garden project in Wheaton will be complete and ready for visitors in just a few months. “It's a place for everyone,” said Sarah O'Donnell, director of development for the Wheaton Park District.

  • Fast cars make this a tough time for slow turtles Jul 5, 2014 5:37 PM
    This is a tough time for pregnant turtles. It’s the season when they leave their watery homes in search of higher and drier nesting sites to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, their paths often lead them to cross busy roads — and the combination of slow-moving turtles and fast-moving vehicles doesn’t always turn out well.

  • DuPage forest preserve reviewing $81 million in unfunded projects Jul 3, 2014 9:31 AM
    Roughly $81 million in master planning, $18 million in proposed trail work and $11 million in proposed repairs to structures in DuPage County forest preserves are unfunded, based on a report presented this week to forest preserve commissioners.

  • DuPage forest preserve approves early retirement program Jul 1, 2014 6:49 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners unanimously approved an early retirement program Tuesday. The program will take effect Aug. 31 and offer early retirement packages to about 65 eligible employees who are 50 and older and have at least 20 years of service credit with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

  • DuPage forest preserve workers could be offered early retirement Jun 30, 2014 5:19 PM
    Dozens of DuPage County Forest Preserve employees could be given the opportunity to retire early through a proposed program that would allow the district to restructure and eventually save an estimated $1 million a year. Forest preserve commissioners are expected decide Tuesday whether to adopt an early retirement incentive program through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

  • Two DuPage Democrats knocked off the November ballot Jun 27, 2014 6:20 PM
    The campaigns of two Democrats came to an end Friday in DuPage County after an electoral board decided the candidate’s names won’t appear on the November ballot.

  • DuPage County resumes battle against gypsy moths Jun 25, 2014 12:10 PM
    The annual fight against gypsy moths, whose caterpillars can defoliate oaks and other trees, is set to begin next week in DuPage County’s forest preserves. Forest preserve officials say the Illinois Department of Agriculture is expected to spray for the moths beginning June 30 in the southeastern and northwestern part of the county.

  • DuPage forest preserve considers new policy for historic buildings Jun 24, 2014 4:28 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials are acknowledging the district can’t live in the past when it comes to maintaining historic buildings. Forest preserve commissioners are looking to replace the district’s historic structures policy, which dates to 1986, with a new set of guidelines that would apply to all cultural resources, including prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. A board vote is expected next month.

  • World traveler, birder, teacher and naturalist: Jack Pomatto Jun 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Losing a friend is a tough experience. Losing a friend who was an inspiration, a mentor, and a champion for the natural world is exceptionally hard. Retired naturalist Jack Pomatto of St. Charles died on June 12, after a valiant fight against cancer. The loss is felt by many in the naturalist community and in the community at large.

  • Wildlife center to temporarily close to visitors Jun 19, 2014 5:34 PM
    Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn will be closed to visitors for several days next week so crews can finish work on a new parking lot. But the native wildlife education and rehabilitation center will continue to accept injured or orphaned wild animals during the closure, which is scheduled to begin on June 24.

  • DuPage forest preserve adopts $44 million operating budget Jun 17, 2014 6:29 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners have approved an operating budget of nearly $44 million for the coming fiscal year, a decrease of more than 5 percent compared to the existing spending plan. The unanimous vote on the 2014-2015 budget came Tuesday; the district’s fiscal year starts July 1. “We’ve cut back on our spending,” forest preserve President D. “Dewey” Pierotti said, “and we haven’t eliminated any of the services or projects that we have.”

  • DuPage forest preserve volunteer hired as paid consultant Jun 17, 2014 3:40 PM
    A retired Wheaton barber who has been serving as an unpaid adviser to DuPage County Forest Preserve President D. “Dewey” Pierotti Jr. now will get paid $25,000 a year for his work. The forest preserve board on Tuesday agreed to hire Mark Kauffman as a consultant who will act as an “administrative/intergovernmental cooperation assistant” to the president of the forest preserve.

  • Four DuPage candidates face fight to stay on the ballot Jun 15, 2014 4:43 PM
    Four candidates the DuPage Democratic Party put on the November ballot will need to overcome legal challenges to stay there. “This is what the Republicans do when we have nominations," said Robert Peickert, who is chairman of the local Democratic organization and a candidate for DuPage County Board chairman.

  • DuPage begins monitoring for West Nile virus Jun 11, 2014 6:03 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve District has launched its 12th season of monitoring and managing mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. “Our program is designed to support public health,” said Tom Velat, the district’s insect ecologist. The district coordinates its efforts with state and county health departments.

  • DuPage bike ride might change views of ‘adventure’ Jun 6, 2014 2:31 PM
    Thirty years after she rode her bicycle from Downers Grove to Springfield, Shannon Burns is marking the anniversary with a two-day bike ride tour of DuPage County. Burns, a forest preserve commissioner, says she hopes it will raise awareness about the county’s extensive trail system. “I’d love for other people in DuPage to rethink their idea of adventure,” she said. “We have so much right here at home.”

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