Plans & Current Projects

Learn more about the Forest Preserves latest restoration projects, active site plans and improvements and foundational master plans.

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Major Restoration Projects

two Forest Preserves staff members, one standing on a trail, one standing below in an area with erosion issues

Tinley Creek Ravines

black-crowned night-heron

Eggers Grove Marsh Restoration

Mill Creek at McClaughrey Springs Woods

Mill Creek Restoration

part of the prairie at Somme Prairie Nature Preserve

Somme Prairie Nature Preserve Habitat Restoration

a savanna at Deer Grove

Deer Grove-West Restoration

blazing star flowers in an open field at the Portwine restoration area in summer 2016.

Portwine Restoration


Site Plans & Improvements

People cutting a ribbon at the opening of Camp Shabbona Woods.

Requests for New or Improved Facilities, Amenities & Infrastructure

A person jogging on the Des Plaines Trail.

Des Plaines Trail Improvements

green lake at green lake woods

Burnham Greenway Trail Extension

close up of the statue at Chicago Portage National Historic Site

Chicago Portage Historic Site Master Plan

rendering of a design for the new Skokie Lagoons Boathouse

Skokie Lagoons Boathouse

a trail marker with a picnic grove and the Major Taylor Trail in the background

Dan Ryan Woods Major Taylor Trail Corridor Improvements

The dam on the North Branch of the Chicago River at Chick Evans Golf Course.

Dam Removals


Master Plans

North Branch Trail during fall at Miami Woods

Capital Improvement Plan 2019

a bur oak savanna

Sustainability & Climate Resiliency Plan 2018

grassland in the foreground and woodland in the background at Spring Creek

Natural and Cultural Resources Master Plan 2015

A sign with directions on the North Branch Trail at Skokie Lagoons

Gateway Master Plan 2015

a flower at Ted Stone Forest

Next Century Conservation Plan 2014

Four people walking along a primitive trail at Deer Grove-East

Trail Master Plan 2014

a person poses next to a poster with details of the Forest Preserves Camping Master Plan

Camping Master Plan 2013

two children in the nature play area at Crabtree Nature Center

Recreation Master Plan 2013

Arnold Randall introducing the Centennial Campaign Plan.

Centennial Campaign Plan 2013

people walking at Bluff Spring Fen

Land Acquisition Plan 2012 & 2019