Director Planning and Land Preservation
As Director, Randy Seebach is responsible for overseeing the planning, design, engineering and construction management of our Capital Improvement Projects, as well as developing master plans for existing and new forest preserves. He also oversees our land preservation and acquisition program which provides opportunities to add new preserves, expand existing preserves, extend greenway and trail corridors, and preserve natural resource areas.
Since joining the Lake County Forest Preserves in 1986, Randy has held several positions, including Landscape Architect, Landscape Architect Manager, Land Development Manager, Assistant Director of Land Improvements, before being promoted to his current role as Director of Planning and Land Preservation.
His professional experience in the public sector includes large-scale natural resource based projects, golf course development projects, multiuse public trails and land preservation. Randy has been a leader in the planning and implementation of regional trails throughout Lake County. He has been instrumental in the development of five regional trails including the 31.4-mile Des Plaines River Trail and planned 41-mile Millennium Trail. These trails serve as a foundation for connecting several secondary trails, forest preserves, municipalities, parks and schools throughout the county. Under his leadership, 15 new forest preserves have opened, providing trails, picnic areas, play areas, golfing and fishing opportunities.
Randy received a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Iowa State University. He is a registered landscape architect in the state of Illinois and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Randy volunteers his time to assist several county municipalities in planning bicycle and pedestrian paths within their communities, and he also helps local boy scouts with Eagle Scout projects. He enjoys hiking, running and biking the preserve trails with his family and Labrador retriever.