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Board Hires Firm to Create Engineering Plan for Hammel Woods Dam Removal

Dam removal could take place once Phase II engineering is completed and a permit is approved by regulatory agencies.

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Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘Good for the Soul'

In the past four years alone, Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For The Schroeders, Volunteering Is a Family Affair

For the father-and-sons Schroeder trio, volunteering is something they enjoy doing together. They have volunteered in many capacities through the years, but as co-stewards of Hickory Creek Junction, their restoration work at the preserve is what they are most proud of.

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Frankfort Resident's Painting Takes First in Juried Art Show

The winning painting, "Bluebells with Footbridge," was chosen from among 270 total entries in the "Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens" competition.

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Preserve The Moment Photo Contest Returns for 2019

The Preserve the Moment photo contest is back for a fourth consecutive year and it is the perfect way for you to share your love of nature and photography, and possibly win prizes.

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Boating Season Resumes on Forest Preserve Lakes

After a frigid winter on land, it's time to launch some boating and fishing fun.

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Beyond the Rules: A Guide to Dog Park Etiquette

There's more to a successful dog park outing than following a few basic rules. Experts warn people to train their dogs, assess their dog's personality and pay close attention to their dogs as they roam free in off-leash play areas.

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Forest Preserve Partners Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mokena and the Pieces 'n Patches Quilt Guild in Steger both provided the Forest Preserve with volunteers in 2018.

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Remembering Dick Thomas, 'A good guy and a treasure'

Thomas, who spent 24 years volunteering for the District before his death in December, will be honored this year by three nature organizations he assisted.

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District Police Take Plunge, Raise $2,250 for Special Olympics

The Polar Plunge at Leisure Lake in Joliet on Saturday lived up to its name, with chilly temperatures, brutal winds and even some icy spots on the water.

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Lewellens Are Living Our Area's Local History

Ken and Kathryn Lewellen are history buffs who have taken their interest to the next level, volunteering with the Isle a la Cache Brigade at the monthly "Living History Demonstrations" at Isle a la Cache Museum

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Enjoy a Bounty of Bald Eagles on Our New Twitter Account

We like to give you guys what you want.

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Improvements Coming to Schneider's Passage in Romeoville

The improvements will increase the number of parking spots from six to 30 at the heavily used trailhead for the  Centennial/Veterans Memorial trail in Romeoville.

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Forest Preserve Shares 2019 Goals with Legislators

The Legislators' Breakfast drew state and federal officials who learned more about the District's land acquisition, grant funding and preservation objectives.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes for Nesting Season

The site will close March 1-August 15 for general access and visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs.

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Volunteer Workday: Sugar Creek Administration Center

Contribute to your community, support your local environment, and meet fellow nature-lovers.

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Bring Your Own Boat: Touring the Confluence (Intermediate)

Bring your own kayak or canoe for a fun evening tour of the confluence of the Des Plaines and DuPage rivers with an interpretive naturalist. 

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Five Bloody Good Facts About Mosquitoes


Here's a little something to read while you're busy itching and scratching all those bites.

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Rare White Cardinal Caught on Camera in New Lenox


Here's something you don't see every day.

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