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President's Letter: Give Back to Nature by Volunteering in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Spring is a magical time in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. In addition to exciting ways to get outside and enjoy warmer weather, residents and visitors can also watch as the Forest Preserves come to life with the arrival of spring wildflowers, migrating birds and an array of wildlife enjoying a new season.

In this issue of the Forest Way, readers will learn about the many different ways to celebrate Earth Day in the Forest Preserves. Some of our Nature Centers are hosting special events and programs, and there are numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the month in honor of this special day. Consider gathering family and friends, and helping to restore our lands for Earth Day.

While many readers may be aware of restoration workday volunteer opportunities, some may be surprised to learn of several unique ways to contribute to the Forest Preserves, including Adopt-A-SiteTrail Watch and Nature Ambassadors. Forest Way readers will learn about these three programs and how to get involved.

Also in this issue of the Forest Way is a piece on the Forest Preserves’ Fisheries Management Division. Fisheries biologists and technicians work throughout the year to maintain the Forest Preserves’ water bodies for ecological sustainability as well as provide recreational opportunities to visitors.

Finally, many of the Forest Preserves’ seasonal amenities return with the spring season. Learn about bicycle rentals, canoe and kayak rentals, the Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course and more.

We hope to see you in the Preserves!

Toni Preckwinkle, President
Forest Preserves of Cook County