Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is a nationally recognized conservation agency that envisions a community in which all citizens share a connection with nature and an appreciation for cultural history.

As mandated by the Illinois Downstate Forest Preserve Act, the mission of the Forest Preserve District is “to acquire and hold lands containing forests, prairies, wetlands, and associated plant communities or lands capable of being restored to such natural conditions for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna and scenic beauty for the education, pleasure and recreation of its citizens.”

The Forest Preserve District is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, which translates the open-space needs of county residents into ordinances designed to protect and enhance natural areas and support general operations. DuPage County contains six districts. Voters elect one commissioner from the district in which they live. The seventh member, the president, is elected by the county at large by popular vote.

Mary Lou Wehrli, Commissioner for District 5, talks about recent initiatives in DuPage County including the addition of new trails, replacing a bridge at McDowell Grove, renovation of Oak Meadows Golf Preserve, and taxpayer savings recently achieved through shared services and joint-purchasing agreements between DuPage County and the Forest Preserve District.

Dwight Yackley reinforces the opportunities the Forest Preserve District provides for people to connect with nature; whether using the expansive trail system or enjoying amenities such as the Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

To learn more about all the places to go and things to do within the Forest Preserve District of DuPage Country, visit their website at:

Spotlight Guests:

Mary Lou Wehrli, Commissioner, District 5
Dwight Yackley, Trailblazer

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