Office of the General Superintendent

The mission of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois, is to acquire, restore, and manage lands for the purpose of protecting and preserving public open space with its natural wonders — significant prairies, forests, wetlands, rivers, streams, and other landscapes with all its associated wildlife — in a natural state for the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public, now and in the future.



The Office of the General Superintendent oversees the strategic plans set by the staff and that these plans focus on the District’s mission of preservation and protection of natural lands, and emphasizing the education, pleasure and recreation of the public. We direct the development of planning and research for effective long range program planning. All departments operations and needs are reviewed and department heads are given directions.



The Public Information Office primarily works with the news media regarding Forest Preserve District programs, special events and news stories. By using news releases, news conferences and meetings with Editorial Boards, information about the Forest Preserve District is disseminated to the general public. News Media includes, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, and cable. To view news releases issued by the Forest Preserve District, click here.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County