Plans and Projects

Current Projects



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Request New or Improved Facilities, Amenities & Infrastructure

Learn about the process for requesting new or improved buildings, trails, recreation facilities or infrastructure and make specific requests.

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Dan Ryan Woods Major Taylor Trail Corridor Improvements

Enhancing trail connections, increasing safety and improving trail amenities.
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Deer Grove West Restoration

238-acre woodland restoration at Deer Grove West.

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Portwine Restoration

259-acre restoration at Portwine, Dam #1 Woods and Willow-Sanders properties.

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Crabtree King Rail Habitat Restoration

35-acre restoration to increase breeding habitat for the king rail at Crabtree Nature Center.

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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.

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Trail Projects

New trails, extensions and improvements currently under construction or in the planning stages.

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Orland Grassland Restoration

Ongoing ecological restoration project returning the preserve to prairie, wetland, oak savanna and oak woodlands.

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Dam Removal

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.

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Emerald Ash Borer Removal

Ongoing removal of Ash trees in response to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation.

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Master Plans



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Next Century Conservation Plan

A bold and visionary blueprint for the future of the Forest Preserves.

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Gateway Master Plan

Defining a class of special gateway sites located throughout Cook County to encourage people to enter into the preserves.

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Natural and Cultural Resources Master Plan

Conserving natural and cultural resources in concert with each other.

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Capital Improvement Plan

Identifying the Forest Preserves capital needs over the next five years, updated annually.

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Recreation Master Plan

Enhancing existing recreation opportunities as well as identifying and developing new ones compatible with the Forest Preserves’ mission.

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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.

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Camping Master Plan

Updating and enhancing current camp facilities and adding additional camping experiences and programs to engage new users, including families and individuals.

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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.

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Trail Master Plan

Identifying new trailhead locations, determines sites for bike rental and other concessions, and enhances trail signage.

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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.

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