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Public reaction sought for Dutch Gap Area planning ideas

The Lake County Forest Preserves will hold an Open House to receive public input on two master plan concept alternatives for recreation improvements and habitat restoration for five forest preserves in north-central Lake County. The public is welcome to attend the event any time between 5-7 pm, February 20, at the Antioch Township Center, 1625 Deep Lake Rd., Lake Villa.

The Lake County Forest Preserves is midway through the planning process for this area, which is located north and south of Route 173 between Deep Lake Road and Hunt Club Road. The preserves included in the plan are Dutch Gap, Ethel’s Woods, Pine Dunes, Prairie Stream and Raven Glen Forest Preserves.

Illustrations of the two master plan concept alternatives will be displayed at the Open House for the public to comment on, ask questions and offer their preferences. Recreation plan ideas include: multi-use trails that connect the preserves; equestrian trails and horse-trailer parking; mowed-grass walking trails; artist program; and natural and historical interpretation. Habitat restoration proposals include protecting existing high-quality habitats and creating new prairie, savanna and wetland habitats.

If you are unable to attend, yet would like to ask questions or provide input, contact Susan Hall, Planning, Conservation and Development Department at 847-968-3270 or shall@LCFPD.org. Or visit online after February 15 to view and comment on the proposed concept alternatives or to sign up to receive project emails list.

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Media Contact: Susan Hall, Planning, Conservation and Development Department , shall@LCFPD.org, 847-968-3270
News release date: February 7, 2013