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  • 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.”

  • Democrats find candidates to challenge GOP in DuPage races Jun 4, 2014 4:45 PM
    DuPage County’s Democratic organization doesn’t want to concede two high-profile countywide positions and several county board seats to the Republicans without a fight. To prevent that from happening, the party has picked candidates to run in the November election for DuPage County Board chairman, DuPage County Forest Preserve president and three county board seats.

  • Discover what’s new in nature with interactive tool May 29, 2014 11:30 AM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve District offers a new interactive tool, Observe Your Preserve, that is available on computers and smartphones. Observe Your Preserve a resource for nature information in the forest preserves.

  • Winfield seeking land for proposed dog park May 27, 2014 5:09 PM
    If the Winfield Park District builds a new dog park, it appears unlikely the land for the project will come from the forest preserve. DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners next week are scheduled to vote on the park’s request to use 4.5 acres in the western portion of West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve to build and operate an off-leash dog park. The proposed site is next to Wynwood Park.

  • Horses, tractors and dogs kick off St. James fun May 24, 2014 7:13 PM
    St. James Farm kicked off the summer season Saturday with picture perfect weather for its annual Family Field Day in Warrenville. “The idea is to bring you back out in the forest preserve, where you can see hundreds of acres of green space,” said Wayne Zaininger, manager of site operations for the St. James Farm, part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Saturday’s attendance was somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000, Zaininger added.

  • Boat rental areas open in DuPage May 16, 2014 10:20 AM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve's two boat rental areas are open for the season.

  • Naperville 12-year-old planning 5K for Celiac research May 28, 2014 12:49 PM
    For some running enthusiasts, planning 5Ks and other races is a full-time job. For 12-year-old Alex Morris of Naperville, it’s a bat mitzvah service project and a way to raise money for a disease she was diagnosed with last year. “We wanted to make more people aware of Celiac disease, so since I love running, I decided to do a 5K,” Alex said.

  • Tollway funding creek restoration near Warrenville May 5, 2014 3:33 PM
    A stretch of creek that runs for more than a half-mile through St. James Farm Forest Preserve near Warrenville is slated to be restored, thanks to a $2 million contribution from the state tollway authority.

  • The Soapbox May 3, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors speak up about the Arlington racetrack's remarkable anniversary and about suburban ties to a possible Loyola NCAA championship, among other topics.

  • DuPage forest district offers geocache program May 1, 2014 12:59 PM
    Outdoor explorers can hunt for eight caches hidden in DuPage County forest preserves and earn passport stickers toward winning a trackable geocoin as part of the forest district's 2014 Geocaching Challenge Passport program.

  • COD and forest preserve may partner to save ‘farm’ May 1, 2014 4:20 PM
    A small "community farm" that existed for years on the College of DuPage campus could find a new home at a nearby forest preserve. There's no longer any space for the COD Community Education Farm on the college's Glen Ellyn campus. But there is talk of relocating the farm to a roughly 1-acre plot of existing farmland at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton.

  • Interactive tool helps visitors enjoy forest preserves Apr 29, 2014 10:02 AM
    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is inviting nature enthusiasts, teachers and students to enrich their time outdoors this spring through an interactive tool on its website, Observe Your Preserve.

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