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Behind FPD 365

One woman’s bid to take a forest preserve photo every day in 2014.   Readers of the Forest Way may have noticed the colorful images of nature gracing the sidebar of this e-newsletter since last January. Ranging from bird close-ups to landscapes, they are the fruits of FPD 365, one woman’s bid to take a photo of the Forest Preserves of Cook County every day in 2014.

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Dam #1 Woods Habitat Restoration

Major project to expand meadow openings will continue through winter.   In December, the Forest Preserves started a new phase of work to restore 259 acres of forest preserve land near northwest suburban Wheeling.

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A Big 2015 for the Preserves

by Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle   As the year comes to a close, I’d like to thank everyone who supported the Forest Preserves in 2014. Whether you sweated to remove buckthorn from your favorite preserve, purchased a picnic permit, commented at an open house or joined a naturalist on a birding hike, we’re grateful to you for your participation.

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Bluff Spring Fen Goes Platinum

Chicago Wilderness gives top award for ecological restoration.   On December 11, the Chicago Wilderness alliance recognized the work of the Forest Preserves of Cook County and its conservation partners by giving Bluff Spring Fen Nature Preserve, in Elgin, its Excellence in Ecological Restoration Platinum accreditation, the highest achievement recognized by the alliance.

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Try This: Photo Meet-Ups

Get off the couch and into the wilderness! Join us for the next Photo Meet-Up on Saturday, January 24, at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills. Join fellow photographers of all skill levels on a nature tour guided by one of our naturalists. Take your best shot at capturing some of the preserves’ most scenic vistas! All cameras are suitable, from professional SLRs to smartphones. Our monthly Photo Meet-Ups offer something for everyone.

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