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Forest Preserve Proposition of 1914: The Day Cook County Said Yes to Nature

by Natalie Bump Vena   On November 3, 1914, Cook County residents went to the polls just as they will do this Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The 1914 ballot included a referendum that posed a pivotal question: Shall there be organized a forest preserve be known as Forest Preserve District of Cook County…?

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The Importance of Funding Restoration

by Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle   In my 2015 proposed budget for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which is currently available for review and public comment, I recommend the allocation of $6 million toward landscape restoration and related projects. This is by far the largest single line item in the budget, and it’s the second consecutive year we’ve allocated this amount to habitat restoration.

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Try This: Celebrate Halloween in the Preserves

Looking for family fun this fall?   The Forest Preserves offers many fun and spooky ways to celebrate Halloween throughout Cook County. Check out the events below to find a new (and unique) way to get your family in the Halloween spirit!

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Wellness in the Woods

Free membership to your 69,000-acre outdoor gym   Would you rather bike in a basement, or ride a trail through a prairie in bloom? Hit the gym stair-climber, or enjoy the striking view from the top of a hill? Do yoga in a cramped room, or under a breathtaking sunset?   Starting this fall, we’ll help you move your workout into nature with our new Wellness in the Woods initiative. This year-round fitness program will provide three introductory classes per season, held throughout Cook County.

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Palos Trails Get Test Makeover

New signage to make navigation easier—try it and take our survey   With more than 40 miles of intersecting trails, the 15,000-acre Palos Preserve complex near Willow Springs can sometimes be a challenge to navigate. That’s why we’ve chosen Palos to test out a new signage system we hope will make exploring this vast preserve just a bit easier—especially for those less familiar with our trails or not gifted with an especially good internal compass.   If it works at Palos, we’ll evaluate it for use at other complex trails across the forest preserves. We hope you’ll give it a try and tell us what you think.

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