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Deer Grove West Restoration
238-acre woodland restoration at Deer Grove West.
259-acre restoration at Portwine, Dam #1 Woods and Willow-Sanders properties.
Crabtree King Rail Habitat Restoration
35-acre restoration to increase breeding habitat for the king rail at Crabtree Nature Center.
Restoring and Connecting Calumet
Habitat restoration work in four Calumet-region preserves: Sand Ridge Nature Preserve, Sand Ridge Nature Center Preserve, Jurgensen Woods and Green Lake Savanna.
New trails, extensions and improvements currently under construction or in the planning stages.
Orland Grassland Restoration
Ongoing ecological restoration project returning the preserve to prairie, wetland, oak savanna and oak woodlands.
Removal of seven low-head dams on the Des Plaines River and North Branch of the Chicago River that were built between 1918 and 1968 is in progress.
Emerald Ash Borer Removal
Ongoing removal of Ash trees in response to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation.
Gateway Master Plan
Defining a class of special gateway sites located throughout Cook County to encourage people to enter into the preserves.
Natural and Cultural Resources Master Plan
Conserving natural and cultural resources in concert with each other.
Capital Improvement Plan
Identifying the Forest Preserves capital needs over the next five years, updated annually.
Recreation Master Plan
Enhancing existing recreation opportunities as well as identifying and developing new ones compatible with the Forest Preserves’ mission.
Land Acquisition Plan
Identifying land acquisitions to fill the gaps in our greenway and trail system, protect our county’s remaining natural land and expand outdoor education and recreation.
Camping Master Plan
Updating and enhancing current camp facilities and adding additional camping experiences and programs to engage new users, including families and individuals.
Oak Forest Heritage Preserve Master Plan
Access improvements, restoration, memorialization of sacred space, recreational amenities and the preservation and interpretation of the rich natural and cultural history.
Trail Master Plan
Identifying new trailhead locations, determines sites for bike rental and other concessions, and enhances trail signage.
2013 Master Site Plans
Detailed plans for the Dan Ryan Woods, Eggers Grove, Thatcher Woods/Trailside Museum, Miller Meadow, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site and Orland Grassland.