Our New Conservation and Policy Council

by Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle   At our November board meeting, I was pleased to appoint the inaugural members of the Forest Preserves’ new Conservation and Policy Council.   These ten distinguished men and women, from a variety of backgrounds, are all leaders in their respective fields. They will change the way this agency operates in some important respects, including increasing continuity from one administration to the next and ensuring that we remain true to our conservation mission, regardless of who is at the helm.

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Did You Know?

LaBagh Woods is named after Ella LaBagh, a "long-time resident of Chicago, a prominent member of the Irving Park Woman's Club and a stalwart worker in the movement to establish the Forest Preserve District of Cook County," according to the Forest Preserves archives.   Located north of Foster Avenue and east of Cicero Avenue in northwest Chicago, the site was formerly called Snell's Woods, after the owner of the land when the Forest Preserve District purchased it in 1920.

Young Philanthropists for the Woods

Two friends use creativity to raise funds for their favorite preserve   Inspired by many hours spent at Thatcher Woods with their families, Maeve Mascarenhas of Forest Park and Carl Faust of River Forest, both 11, have chosen this River Forest site for their annual "Giving Project."   The two friends have been selling hand-made projects for the past five years to benefit animals and the environment. This year, they have produced postcards featuring their own nature photographs to raise money for the Forest Preserve Foundation. The funds will be directed toward the purchase of restoration equipment to be used by site stewards and Conservation Corps workers.   Anyone inspired by these caring young individuals may purchase their artwork by contacting or match their efforts with a gift to the Forest Preserve Foundation.

Happy Canoe Year!

Ring in the New Year with a paddling trip down the North Branch of the Chicago River  

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The Preserves Go Underground

Prairies and herons take over pedway beneath Daley Plaza

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