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  • Lake County Forest Preserves honored for restoration efforts at Middlefork Savanna Jan 19, 2015 8:49 AM
    The Chicago Wilderness alliance recently honored the Lake County Forest Preserve District for achieving the Excellence in Ecological Restoration accreditation involving work at Middlefork Savanna in Lake Forest.

     
  • Lake County’s ranger police get new 2-year contract Jan 16, 2015 4:37 PM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District’s ranger police officers will receive raises during the next two years under the terms of a labor contract approved this week, officials said.

     
  • Ryerson Woods to host open house Feb. 7 Jan 15, 2015 5:30 PM
    Lake County Forest Preserve District officials will hold a natural open house at the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area near Deerfield on Feb. 7.

     
  • ‘Lake County Life’ launched to highlight area Jan 15, 2015 7:00 PM
    "Lake County Life," a website and video highlighting the county's attributes was launched Thursday at an annual leaders summit. The initiative is meant to help tell Lake County's story and define what makes it special, officials said.

     
  • Reasons (and places) to love snow, ice and cold Jan 14, 2015 2:26 PM
    Local TV news anchors are aghast, reporting on the recent cold snap as if it were a wild freak of nature that’s descended upon us without warning. Pardon me, but … isn’t this typical January weather? It’s a time of snow, ice and cold that is best greeted with skis, sleds, snowshoes and skates. If it’s going to be cold, that’s how you make the best of it.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve mulling dog park near Darien Jan 13, 2015 4:27 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners might spend up to $40,000 to determine whether a preserve in the southeastern part of the county is the right spot for a proposed dog park. Off-leash dog areas are located at six forest preserves around DuPage. But they all are miles away from residents in the southeast part of the county, Commissioner Linda Painter said.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve director search poised to begin Jan 13, 2015 1:59 PM
    Two months after the person they chose to lead the DuPage County Forest Preserve District declined to take the job, commissioners are preparing to begin another search for an executive director — without outside assistance. Commissioners on Tuesday agreed that district employees will do the legwork necessary to find potential candidates for the position last held by Arnie Biondo. “Let staff develop a criteria, maybe sort through all the applicants, narrow it down to maybe five or 10, and then bring it to us to take it further,” Commissioner Al Murphy said.

     
  • Forest preserve district OKs Carpentersville dam removal study Jan 13, 2015 4:50 PM
    The Kane County Forest Preserve District board Tuesday approved an intergovernmental agreement with a state agency to conduct an engineering study for removal of the Carpentersville dam on the Fox River. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has earmarked $500,000 for the engineering study, which will assess the impact of removing the dam.

     
  • Japanese garden blooms with snow Jan 12, 2015 9:44 PM
    The historic Fabyan Japanese Garden will soon be blooming with snow. Join staff for a series of insightful guided walks at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14 and Feb. 4, and Saturdays, Jan. 24 and Feb. 21.

     
  • Work continues in Lake Barrington on fifth roundabout in Lake County Jan 11, 2015 7:00 AM
    Work associated with a roundabout at Roberts and River roads in Lake Barrington continues. The $6.5 million project will be the fifth roundabout in Lake County and the first with multiple lanes. Roundabouts are considered to be safer than traditional signal intersections although they are generally met with skepticism, Lake County officials say.

     
  • Anglers find fish, fun at DuPage Hard Water Classic Jan 10, 2015 7:44 PM
    A frozen lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville was dotted with huts and riddled with holes Saturday afternoon, and that’s exactly how hundreds of ice fishers liked it. About 200 anglers were competing in the third annual Hard Water Classic sponsored by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, aiming to catch the biggest fish or to win a prize for the longest bluegill, crappie or largemouth bass.

     
  • Moving Picture: Fox River canoeist finds joy in winter paddling Jan 10, 2015 5:30 AM
    Seventy-year-old JB Livengood, of Lake in the Hills, loves to canoe the Fox River in Algonquin during the winter months. He has paddled for 50 years and Buffalo Park Forest Preserve in Algonquin is his favorite place to launch. “There’s so many unique things you see that nature is creating by that rising and lowering of the water level,” he says of the winter months and the ice that forms on the river. “It’s like an ice crystal season.”

     
  • State grant to fund creation of largest forest preserve in Kane Jan 10, 2015 1:01 AM
    The Freeman Kame-Meagher Forest Preserve in Gilberts will become the largest preserve in Kane County following a pending 75-acre land acquisition. A $568,500 state grant coming in just days before Gov. Pat Quinn leaves office will help fund the purchase.

     
  • Grant for forest preserve improvement: Jan 8, 2015 6:23 PM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District recently received a $263,700 grant for a project at Spring Bluff Forest Preserve in Winthrop Harbor.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve doesn’t want land annexed Jan 6, 2015 5:55 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials don’t want district land included in plans to expand Bensenville’s borders.

     
  • Learn about Adlai: Jan 6, 2015 5:02 PM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District will open the Adlai E. Stevenson II Historic Home near Mettawa to the public for free tours on Feb. 5.

     
  • Frigid temperatures revive DuPage’s Hard Water Classic Jan 7, 2015 10:48 AM
    Frigid temperatures this week are creating what officials hope will be ideal conditions for the third annual Hard Water Classic ice-fishing tournament at Blackwell Forest Preserve’s Silver Lake near Warrenville. Sponsored by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, the tourney is scheduled for noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, and is expected to attract hundreds of anglers.

     
  • 20-acre purchase eyed as addition to Ray Lake Forest Preserve Jan 5, 2015 5:13 PM
    A 20-acre purchase in Fremont Township would increase the size of the Ray Lake Forest Preserve. A forest district committee on Monday recommended approval of the $650,000 land buy at Fremont Center and Erhart roads.

     
  • Hard Water Classic ice fishing tournament returns to Blackwell Forest Preserve Jan. 10 Jan 4, 2015 1:01 AM
    Ice anglers of all ages are invited to test their skills against hundreds of competitors at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District’s “Hard Water Classic” ice fishing tournament from noon 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, on the 62-acre Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville.

     
  • Carpentersville dam removal key part of Fox River study Jan 4, 2015 7:15 AM
    Carpentersville is seeking residents' input on strategies to enhance recreational uses along the Fox River at a Jan. 21 public hearing. It’s part of a regional study being done by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning expected to be completed this summer. The study will play some part in the Kane County Forest Preserve’s overall goal to remove the Carpentersville dam on the Fox River.

     
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