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  • 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.

  • Summer twilight: an enchanting time Jul 18, 2014 2:40 PM
    The long, hot day melts in the dimming light. Faintly, the evening star appears in the sky. Animals begin to shift in the shadows. It’s twilight. It’s summer. And summer twilight is an enchanting time.

  • Kane Co. earmarks $1 million for planned cross-country facility Jul 9, 2014 6:20 PM
    A draft of Kane County's 2015 budget shows $1 million earmarked for the actual construction of a new cross country course at the old Settler's Hill landfill in Geneva. The money is a little less than the original overall cost projection for the project. The track has been redesigned to make it a little cheaper to build. The whole operation still sits on the formation of a cleanfill operation, permitting from the IEPA and a financial feasibility study.

  • It takes many clovers to make a meadow Jul 7, 2014 6:01 AM
    There’s a whole world of clovers out there. Each kind is useful, and each is pretty in its own right. The next time you walk in a field, look around and you’ll surely see a clover or two. Here are some of the varieties you'll find locally.

  • Kane County Audubon Society holds bird walk in Batavia Jul 5, 2014 6:30 PM
    Terry Murray of Aurora and the Kane County Audubon Society led avian enthusiasts for a hike around Nelson Lake at the Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia on Saturday morning.

  • Aurora Sportsmen’s Club sued over contamination at Sugar Grove site Jul 1, 2014 8:10 PM
    The Illinois Attorney General’s office has filed a lawsuit against the Aurora Sportsmen’s Club, seeking damages and clean up of lead shot deposited on several acres at the Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, where the club used to shoot until five years ago. The club's president said its aware of the situation and has been working with authorities to resolve the matter.

  • Kane County needs lots of dirt for planned track Jul 1, 2014 7:07 PM
    Architects and land planners have found a way to bring a proposed cross country facility into harmony with the future upgrades of Settler's Hill Golf Course. If elected officials like the plan, construction of the cross country track may begin soon. But first they need dirt, and lots of it.

  • Longmeadow Parkway construction might result in more winter fun Jun 27, 2014 11:02 AM
    Nature lovers may not be a big fan of the plan to send the Longmeadow Parkway right through the middle of Brunner Forest Preserve. But there may be at least one benefit for fans of outdoor activity. There will be so much surplus soil at the site that officials think it can be used to add new recreation opportunities at the nearby Raging Buffalo, primarily a new sledding hill.

  • 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.

  • County diverts golf improvements to clear way for cross country Jun 7, 2014 8:00 AM
    Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners signaled Friday that plans for a new cross country track at the former Settlers Hill landfill will both pick up speed and take precedence over golf course improvements. However, both projects will see significant progress this year.

  • Biggest Kane County forest project for 2014 might get more expensive May 31, 2014 8:00 AM
    Kane County Forest Preserve District officials recently learned the most expensive project in the 2014 budget, a natural resources center at the Meissner-Corron Preserve, may cost twice as much as planned.

  • Mountain biking might expand in Raceway Woods May 29, 2014 4:39 PM
    The relationship between the Kane County Forest Preserve District and a group of local mountain biking enthusiasts is so successful commissioners may give the group another 1.3 miles and 10 years to tool around in the Raceway Woods Forest Preserve near Carpentersville.

  • Wild geraniums herald the arrival of spring in Fox Valley woods May 29, 2014 10:13 AM
    Wild geranium is one of the highlights of the woodland flora right now, in full bloom in many forest preserves. It’s a distant cousin of the typical potted geraniums sold in garden stores.

  • Police: Elgin man slapped women on Fox River Trail May 15, 2014 12:43 PM
    An 18-year-old is accused of slapping the behinds of two women as he rode his bike along the Fox River Trail in South Elgin last month. Ulises C. Bibriescas, of Elgin, is charged with aggravated battery in a public place and is due in court June 26.

  • Trees removed from Great Western Trail May 14, 2014 4:22 PM
    Several trees were removed Wednesday near the Great Western Trail in St. Charles. Users of the trail should be aware of construction work the next couple days.

  • Kane forest district dumps lobbyist May 2, 2014 5:12 PM
    The job of bringing state money back to the Kane County Forest Preserve District will now fall to commissioners themselves, now that they decided to go without a lobbyist for the first time in at least 15 years.

  • Kane County forest commissioners might expand deer hunting Apr 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    Deer hunters wrapped up their first full season of archery in two Kane County Forest Preserves by bagging 25 deer. Two of those tested positive for chronic wasting disease, enough for commissioners to deem the program a success worth expanding. The district's deer experts say the local herd is in need of thinning, but deer fans have traditionally disputed that notion.

  • Learn about forest preserve summer camps at open house Apr 23, 2014 3:51 PM
    Stop by Creek Bend Nature Center Saturday, April 26, to learn about Forest Preserve District of Kane County summer camp offerings. There's more to explore during Forest Preserve District summer camps for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children.

  • Parents can take kids to ‘Nature by Stroller’ series Apr 21, 2014 9:41 AM
    Moms or caregivers with infants or toddlers — bring young ones out on perhaps their first nature program, while you enjoy a leisurely walk through a forest preserve, during the Forest Preserve District of Kane County's "Nature by Stroller" program series.

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