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Forest Preserve Publications

 
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100-year Vision and Strategic Plan  

100-year Vision and Strategic Plan

EXCELLENCE IS IN OUR NATURE

We envision that 100 years from now Lake County will be a healthy and resilient landscape with restored and preserved natural lands, waters and cultural assets. Our vibrant communities will thrive, and future generations will protect and cherish these remarkable natural resources and the highly desirable quality of life that they provide. 

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ANNUAL BUDGET: Fiscal Year 2014–15  

ANNUAL BUDGET: Fiscal Year 2014–15

View our FY 2014-15 budget, approved by the Board of Commissioners at their May 2014 meeting.

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EXPENDITURES: 14-5  

EXPENDITURES: 14-5

This cash disbursement report shows payments for goods and services in May.

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EXPENDITURES: For 2012  

EXPENDITURES: For 2012

This cash disbursement report shows payments for goods and services in 2012.

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EXPENDITURES: For 2013  

EXPENDITURES: For 2013

 

This cash disbursement report shows payments for goods and services in 2013.

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EXPENDITURES:14-1  

EXPENDITURES:14-1

This cash disbursement report shows payments for goods and services in January.

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EXPENDITURES:14-2  

EXPENDITURES:14-2

This cash disbursement report shows payments for goods and services in February.

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EXPENDITURES:14-3  

EXPENDITURES:14-3

This cash disbursement report shows payments for goods and services in March.

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EXPENDITURES:14-4  

EXPENDITURES:14-4

This cash disbursement report shows payments for goods and services in April.

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FINANCE: Comprehensive Financials for FY 2012-13  

FINANCE: Comprehensive Financials for FY 2012-13

This report presents the financial position and results of operations of our various funds for the FY ending June 30, 2013.

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FOUNDATION: Donor Report  

FOUNDATION: Donor Report

Thank you to our valued donors to the Lake County Forest Preserves and our partner nonprofit organizations.

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GUIDE: Countywide Map & Guide  

GUIDE: Countywide Map & Guide

Map shows each preserve location in Lake County. Guide includes activities and amenities available at each preserve.

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GUIDE: Fishing Guide  

GUIDE: Fishing Guide

Site maps with depth and species information, general fishing information, regulations, and basic fishing knots. [Large download: 3.1 MB]

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Horizons  

Horizons

This quarterly publication features articles on Lake County wildlife, natural and cultural history, Forest Preserve news and projects, and a calendar of programs, exhibits and events. Subscribe for free, or read the current issue online.

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NATURAL RESOURCES: Emerald Ash Borer  

NATURAL RESOURCES: Emerald Ash Borer

Learn how you can help stop the devastation caused by this small, invasive beetle. All-in-one info packet includes commonly confused species and ID tips, brochure (courtesy of the Morton Arboretum), answers to frequently asked questions, and an alert poster for display.

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NATURAL RESOURCES: Management Program  

NATURAL RESOURCES: Management Program

Lake County is blessed with a rich and unusual mix of woodland, wetland and prairie habitats that offer refuge to a host of rare plants and animals. Our goal is to protect and restore this native diversity. This brochure provides an overview of plans, techniques and success stories related to our Natural Resource Management Program.

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Phenology Calendar  

Phenology Calendar

This calendar contains natural events that can be observed as you visit the Lake County Forest Preserves throughout the year. These suggestions can be used as a starting place for explorations of your own. Once you start experiencing the world through the eyes of a phenologist, you'll be amazed at the wonders of nature you may have overlooked before.

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Public Safety Information  

Public Safety Information

For preserve visitors and neighbors. Covers trail courtesy, encroachment issues, our Preserve Watch program, and non-emergency contact infomation.

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REGIONAL TRAIL: Grand Illinois  

REGIONAL TRAIL: Grand Illinois

The Grand Illinois Trail (GIT) User's Guide is meant to help you plan your trip as you explore the GIT. The guide divides the trail into 10 segments, each with a map and cue sheet with directions and local features to enjoy.

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RESOURCE: Coloring Book  

RESOURCE: Coloring Book

Coloring pages of Lake County plants and animals. Original illustrations (c) Laura D'Argo.

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Rules and Regulations  

Rules and Regulations

Ordinance detailing the rules and regulations governing the use of Lake County Forest Preserve property.
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Rules of Order and Operational Procedures  

Rules of Order and Operational Procedures

Board-adopted Rules of Order and Operational Procedures for 2012–14.

 

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SPECIAL FACILITY: Bonner Heritage Farm  

SPECIAL FACILITY: Bonner Heritage Farm

Learn the story of farming in Lake County through self-guided, larger-than-life exhibits at this location in Lindenhurst.

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SPECIAL FACILITY: Dog Exercise Area Maps  

SPECIAL FACILITY: Dog Exercise Area Maps

Maps for each of our four off-leash areas.

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SPECIAL FACILITY: Greenbelt Cultural Center  

SPECIAL FACILITY: Greenbelt Cultural Center

Reserve the Greenbelt Cultural Center for your meeting, banquet or other special event.

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SPECIAL FACILITY: Independence Grove  

SPECIAL FACILITY: Independence Grove

Learn about the features, including swimming, boating, fishing and hiking, centered around the 115-acre lake and rolling terrain at this popular destination.

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SPECIAL FACILITY: Lake County Discovery Museum  

SPECIAL FACILITY: Lake County Discovery Museum

Learn about what the Museum has to offer: hands-on interactive exhibits, archives, and educational programs.

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SPECIAL FACILITY: Museum Relocation Information Summary  

SPECIAL FACILITY: Museum Relocation Information Summary

Information on the future relocation of the Lake County Discovery Museum.

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SPECIAL FACILITY: Ryerson Woods Welcome Center  

SPECIAL FACILITY: Ryerson Woods Welcome Center

Planned as a model of green architecture, the Welcome Center takes advantage of the latest trends in environmentally-friendly construction and design.

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ThunderHawk Golf Club  

ThunderHawk Golf Club

Learn about this award-winning Audubon Signature course, designed by internationally acclaimed golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

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WILDLIFE: Coyotes–Frequently Asked Questions  

WILDLIFE: Coyotes–Frequently Asked Questions

Download this FAQ sheet to learn more about coyotes, a species that has been feared and misunderstood for centuries.

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Woodland Habitat Restoration Project Summary  

Woodland Habitat Restoration Project Summary

Learn more about the Woodland Habitat Restoration Project taking place in the preserves along the Des Plaines River in southern Lake County.

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Woodland Habitat Restoration Project, Horizons Feature Article–Summer 2012  

Woodland Habitat Restoration Project, Horizons Feature Article–Summer 2012

Learn more about the Woodland Habitat Restoration Project taking place in the preserves along the Des Plaines River in southern Lake County.

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Woodland Habitat Restoration Project, Horizons Feature Article–Winter 2012  

Woodland Habitat Restoration Project, Horizons Feature Article–Winter 2012

Learn more about the Woodland Habitat Restoration Project taking place in the preserves along the Des Plaines River in southern Lake County.

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