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President's Letter: Volunteerism Vital Component to Forest Preserves Mission

This month’s Forest Way newsletter tells the stories of two volunteer groups making significant contributions to the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Major organizations and companies invite their staff to provide service to the preserves, and individuals throughout our local communities devote their free time, skills and enthusiasm to preserving and restoring nature.

The Forest Preserves has ambitious goals. With nearly 70,000 acres of land, six nature centers, more than 300 miles of trails, dedicated nature preserves and more, the work of our volunteers is vital to the success of our mission.

There are many volunteers who work with the Forest Preserves every day, performing a variety of important tasks including removing invasive species, educating our youth on the importance of giving back to nature, and inspiring our citizens to take care of the land that belongs to all of us.

I hope you take a moment to check out our Volunteer Page. Here you will be able to search for a variety of volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, as well as create a profile citing your interests so the Forest Preserves may email you when new opportunities arise.

We must work together to succeed in our efforts of preserving and restoring the Forest Preserves of Cook County for the enjoyment of everyone for many generations to come.

See you in the Preserves!

Toni Preckwinkle, President
Forest Preserves of Cook County