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  • Fox River Bluff West closed until Oct. 24 for parking lot work Oct 20, 2014 11:25 AM
    Fox River Bluff West Forest Preserve will be closed to the public Oct. 20-24 due to scheduled parking lot improvements at the St. Charles preserve.

  • Youth sports could use part of new Kane forest preserve site Oct 16, 2014 4:39 PM
    Youth soccer, baseball and lacrosse players may get to use part of a 60-acre site the Kane County Forest Preserve District recently purchased in Blackberry Township. The former Gum family farm, on Bateman Road, is just south of McNair Field, where Elburn Youth Baseball now plays.

  • Kane County forest preserve looking for volunteers Oct 16, 2014 1:46 PM
    Share your time and talent with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and help restore, protect and maintain your local forest preserves. Find out more about the volunteer positions available and the requirements for each at an upcoming Volunteer Orientation meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

  • Pumpkin Trolley ready to roll from museum Oct 15, 2014 1:48 PM
    The Fox River Trolley Museum’s Pumpkin Trolley will take be taking families to the “Ole Pumpkin Patch” starting Saturday morning in South Elgin.

  • Half of Kane board misses at least 22% of meetings Oct 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    The latest attendance report for Kane County Board members shows about half of the elected officials continue to miss at least 22 percent of the meetings they were scheduled to attend. The report came with a renewed call to reconsider pension and insurance benefits for the part-time board. “We shouldn’t run for either the salary or the benefits,” one board member said.

  • Nighttime nature hikes explore the nocturnal world Oct 3, 2014 1:56 PM
    Ever wonder what goes on at night in nature? The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is offering special night hikes this month to explore the nocturnal world. The guided walks will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and 18, in St. Charles and Elgin.

  • Geneva’s Prairie Green Preserve plan running out of support Oct 1, 2014 7:20 PM
    The wetlands at Prairie Green Preserve, that Geneva officials hoped would help pay partially for the land, still aren't working properly. And aldermen are not keen on putting more money in to fixing the situation.

  • The sandhill crane: A restoraton success story Sep 13, 2014 7:49 AM
    It's a restoraton success story. Just 10 years ago, the sandhill crane was a rare sight in Kane County. But wetland restoration efforts have been a boon to this big bird, and sandhills are now a common sight throughout northern Illinois.

  • Both sides see victory in ruling on ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway plan Sep 12, 2014 2:25 PM
    A review of ComEd’s $200 million Grand Prairie Gateway project denies the electricity giant’s application because some portions of the plan don't provide alternate routes for equipment that runs through Elgin, for example. But the impact of that nonbinding ruling is up for debate. “ComEd is encouraged by the administrative law judge’s proposed order," an official said.

  • Kane officials hope for big profits from cross-country track Sep 10, 2014 6:43 PM
    Kane County officials increased their economic hopes for the proposed cross country track at the former Settler’s Hill landfill Wednesday after hearing a ringing endorsement from an influential local track and field official. The vision now sees up to 45 running events at the facility and a six-figure income source via parking fees.

  • The many uses - both good and bad - of stinging nettles Sep 8, 2014 11:30 AM
    You’re out for a walk in the woods, enjoying a stroll along the river. Then suddenly, you feel as if you’ve been stung by a thousand sharp needles. Your arms and legs start to burn and itch. Sound familiar? Welcome to the world of stinging nettles.

  • Kane County Cougars stadium improvements should sail through Sep 5, 2014 6:49 PM
    Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners took their first look Friday at the infrastructure improvements proposed for Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Kane County Cougars. District President John Hoscheit said the changes are welcome, and he has no concerns about plans to increase the number of concerts at the stadium.

  • Forest preserve starts up Homeschool Explorations Aug 29, 2014 10:12 AM
    Join the Forest Preserve District of Kane County this fall for the popular nature series, "Homeschool Explorations." Each month, the home-school program focuses on a different topic at a different forest preserve, allowing home-school children to interact with local nature areas and learn about varying themes.

  • Batavia school board questions need to extend TIF district life Aug 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Batavia school officials are questioning why city officials want to extend the life of a downtown tax-increment financing district, which offers incentives for repair and development of properties. Especially since the district doesn't expire until 2027. “I did find the letter from the mayor to be a bit vague,” school board member Melanie Impastato said. “Why does it need to be extended for that long of a term?"

  • Seniors can enjoy a free stroll in Kane County preserve Aug 29, 2014 3:47 PM
    The Forest Preserve District of Kane County invites area seniors to join the free monthly "Senior Stroll" program. On the first Thursday of each month, Forest Preserve District naturalists lead a leisurely walk through a Kane County Forest Preserve, and share ecology highlights along the way. The strolls last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk.

  • Kane to spend $200,000 on cross-country track before study Aug 13, 2014 6:50 PM
    Kane County officials agreed to a somewhat risky move Wednesday by pushing forward with the second phase of engineering on a proposed cross country facility before learning the results of a financial feasibility study. The engineering will cost $200,000 and could be lost funds if the study turns up red flags. Not expecting any bumps in the road, a board committee decided its better to not delay spring construction while waiting for the study.

  • Story time at St. Charles nature center Aug 8, 2014 4:29 PM
    Surrounded by wildlife displays, Valerie Verscaj kept kids entertained Friday with her animated readings at the Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles. The St. Charles youth services librarian kept the children’s interest with songs, movement and reading during the monthly “Story Time at the Nature Center” program.

  • Kane Co. forest commissioner explains need for better golf Aug 1, 2014 5:40 PM
    Kane County Forest District Commissioner Mark Davoust is the leading advocate for golf course enhancements at Settler's Hill. Davoust responded Friday to questions about why the golf course must get better and how the changes fit in with the plans for a neighboring cross country course.

  • West Dundee preserve getting new trail, fishing access Jul 28, 2014 5:21 AM
    Long-awaited improvements that will make Brunner Forest Preserve more accessible to the public are coming later this year, with the construction of the longest single trail ever built by the Kane County Forest Preserve District. The 741-acre preserve has been open to the public since the district bought the property in 2008. However, with few land improvements, the property has a public stigma of being mostly inaccessible.

  • Kane Co. edges closer to cash deal for Settler’s Hill revamp Jul 24, 2014 5:58 PM
    Details of an agreement that will send more than $800,000 from Kane County to the Kane County Forest Preserve District for Settler's Hill Golf Course improvements met the liking of commissioners Thursday. The money is just part of more than $4.25 million that may eventually flow to the forest preserve district for the Geneva facility, not including the cost of building a new clubhouse.

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