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Since 1958 we have been preserving and restoring land and offering fun, wholesome ways for you to celebrate, relax and learn in forest preserves throughout Lake County. Today we protect more than 30,000 acres and are the second largest Forest Preserve District in the state of Illinois.

Our Mission
To preserve a dynamic and unique system of natural and cultural resources and to develop innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities of regional value, while exercising environmental and fiscal responsibility. Read more.

Governing Board
The state law governing Forest Preserve Districts provides that when a District's boundaries are contiguous with those of the county, the County Board members also serve as Forest Preserve Commissioners. The same people who serve on the County of Lake Board also serve on the Forest Preserve Board. All Forest Preserve Board and Committee meetings are open to the public.

Map with Commissioner Boundaries

Organizational Summary
Our 200 full-time and 379 part-time and temporary employees are organized into seven departments.
See District Organizational Chart

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Visit FOIA for more information and requests, or call our Executive Assistant's office at 847-968-3205.

Budget and Tax Rate Summary
We receive most of our funding through property taxes. Fees, other charges, grants, gifts and donations make up the balance of the budget. Our golf courses are operated as enterprise funds. Golf course revenues cover operating, maintenance and development costs for those facilities.

How Each Dollar Is Spent
Budget by Program FY 12/13
Amount (mill)
FY 13/14
Amount (mill)
%
Operations $10.0 $10.1 33%
Golf Course Operations 4.1 3.9 13%
Planning, Conservation & Development 4.1 3.7 12%
Public Safety 2.8 2.9 9%
Risk Mgmt, Human Resources, IT 2.6 2.7 9%
Environmental Education & Public Affairs 2.5 2.4 8%
Cultural Resources 1.8 2.0 7%
General District & Development Office 1.5 1.6 5%
Finance & Purchasing 0.9 0.9 3%
Land Preservation 0.7 0.4 1%
   Subtotal Operating Expenditures $31.0 $30.6 100%
Debt Service 29.8 29.2
  Total Operating Expenditures $60.8 $59.8  
Land Acquisition 32.0 18.5 44%
Capital Improvement Projects 17.0 17.7 42%
Other Capital Expenditures 4.2 5.6 13%
  Total Capital Expenditures $53.2 $41.8 100%
 
Total Expenditures $114.0 $101.6

Annual Budget for FY 2013-14
Budget-in-Brief
Moody's Report
Standard & Poor's Report
Public Act 97-0609 Total Compensation



Tax Rate per $100 assessed valuation: 2012 Tax for Homes of
Different Market Values:
Year Tax Rate Year Tax Rate $100,000 $59.31
1999 0.187 2000 0.231 $200,000 $131.65
2001 0.221 2002 0.232
2003 0.225 2004 0.219
2005 0.210 2006 0.204
2007 0.201 2008 0.199
2009 0.200 2010 0.198
2011 0.201 2012 0.217

General Offices
1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: 847-367-6640
Fax: 847-367-6649
Email: forestpreserves@LCFPD.org
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Facilities:
  • Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home, Mettawa
  • Bonner Heritage Farm, Lindenhurst
  • Brae Loch Golf Club, Grayslake
  • Countryside Golf Club, Mundelein
  • Fox River, Port Barrington
  • Greenbelt Cultural Center, North Chicago
  • Independence Grove, Libertyville
  • Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda
  • Ryerson Conservation Area, Riverwoods
  • ThunderHawk Golf Club,Beach park
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