We approved a “100-year Vision for Lake County” (Vision) in 2015. The new Master Plan for Lakewood Forest Preserve will support the methods and systems needed to reach the Vision by providing leadership, sound conservation practices and promoting an active, healthy lifestyle for people to enjoy. The Master Plan goals that support the Vision include Leadership, Conservation, Public Access and Connections and Organizational Sustainability. Learn more »
The master plan will consider needed changes and recommendations that will improve the natural and developed landscape. The plan will adapt to economic changes that have affected the Lake County Forest Preserves; the plan goals will align the preserve in a way that serves as a model of best practices for natural resource management and universal and sustainable design.
Lakewood is identified to be the core of the 10,000-acre Lake-McHenry Wetland Ecological Complex by the Green Infrastructure Model and Strategy for Lake County, Illinois, 2016. This complex will include a 1,000-acre woodland that will include a continuum from savanna to woodland. Natural resource habitat restoration areas will be increased to reach this goal.
Public Access and Connections Goals
Lakewood will continue to provide access to recreation and education facilities and programs. Existing facilities will be evaluated to determine needed repairs and upgrades to meet current standards. New trail and facility opportunities will be considered that are accessible for use by people of all abilities. Decisions will be based on striking the proper balance between providing quality recreation opportunities and reducing long-term maintenance costs.
Organizational Sustainability Goals
The plan will prioritize protecting, restoring and managing natural and cultural resources. Decisions regarding activities and infrastructure will look toward reducing long-term operational costs and providing economic sustainability.