Director Natural Resources
As Director, Pati Vitt is responsible for overseeing department restoration, forestry and wildlife experts. Vitt and her staff team implement land management programs and projects, formalize partnerships to achieve data-driven ecological goals, and solicit public support for the enhancement and protection of the ecological resources of Lake County.
The department oversees natural plant communities for plants and animals; reforestation efforts; controlled burn management; endangered and threatened rare species monitoring and management; native seed nursery management; wildlife monitoring, conservation and research; animal damage management; invasive plant species management; and farmland licenses. Through the Forestry Crew the department maintains all landscape trees, responds to hazardous tree situations and keeps the Des Plaines River Water Trail free of obstructions. The department also organizes and oversees the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) summer program.