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President's Letter: Restoring Our Lands Now for the Future

It might seem that with winter here, not much is happening for an organization like the Forest Preserves. After all, colder temperatures entice many more residents to stay bundled up indoors. But a lot of important restoration work occurs during these fallow winter months.

Ecological restoration is an ongoing, year-round process. Work done in winter, when the ground is frozen—like using heavy machinery to remove invasive species—sets us up for greater success during spring, summer and fall. To return landscapes to health, the Forest Preserves uses scientific knowledge and best practices to create ecosystems filled with a diversity of native plants and animals.

Each year, as we steadily and methodically work to restore the Forest Preserves, we’re ensuring that future generations can enjoy the tremendous asset that is our nearly 70,000 acres of land.

Guided by its Natural and Cultural Resources Master Plan, the Forest Preserves has made efficient and effective investments in restoration. Despite financial strain only further amplified by the ongoing pandemic, restoration work has remained a clear priority for the Forest Preserves, supported in part by strategic partnerships and grant funding.

Visitors need only visit a site like Deer Grove in Palatine or Powderhorn Lake in Burnham to see how magnificent restored natural lands look and feel. They are welcoming, they benefit our community, and they provide a haven for our native plants and animals to thrive.

Want to join us in our efforts? Visit our Volunteer Page to learn about volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

We hope to see you in the Preserves!

Toni Preckwinkle, President