Monday, March 11, 2013
Information on how to deal with a coyote sighting in the forest preserves.
Increased coyote sightings are reported during spring and early summer due to increased daytime activity. Female coyotes and their pups have dens in most forest preserves during April, May, and June. Therefore, sections of trails near den sites may have high coyote activity during that time. Trailside signs with information about coyote behavior and tips on responding to an encounter are installed when den areas are located near trails. Coyote family groups will investigate and chase off any perceived threats to the pups. Coyotes pose no threat to people or pets as long as we work together to reinforce their natural fear of humans. One simple way to help prevent unwanted encounters is to keep dogs on a short leash (less than 10 feet) at …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
From golf coordinator to lifeguard, the Lake County Forest Preserve District has a variety of job openings at area locations including Independence Grove, Ryerson Conservation Area and Brae Loch Golf Club.
Learn more about the Lake County Forest Preserve District at www.lcfpd.org.
Friday, February 8, 2013
There's plenty of snow now to get out and enjoy some cross-country skiing at Lake County Forest Preserves around Deerfield, Highland Park and Lake Forest.
Cross-country skiing is now open along any Lake County Forest Preserve hiking trail, except at Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods, where a 4-inch snow base is required to protect sensitive habitat at that dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve site. Check out these forest preserve locations to learn more: For current winter sports conditions, call the LCFPD hotline at (847) 968-3235. Cross-Country Skiing Trails Now Open in Highland Park Got a favorite spot? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Lake County Forest Preserves announced the find Thursday.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Thursday, January 31
During stream monitoring this past summer, Nick Huber and other ecologists of the Lake County Forest Preserves discovered several dozen Mississippi grass shrimp, Palaimonetes kadikensis, in a forest preserve along the Des Plaines River in southern Lake County. Due to the fact that you can see right through them, this species is also commonly referred to as glass shrimp. At first sight, the ecologists did not recognize the inch-long crustaceans. It was clear that this find was something rare and exciting. After further collection parameters were determined, Huber and his team confirmed it was safe to remove two specimens for identification in their laboratory. Aquatic insect identification requires equipment with high-powered magnification …
A bald eagle was spotted on Tuesday at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville.
Have you seen any bald eagles flying around Lake County lately? If you have, you're not alone. The Lake County Forest Preserves shared a photo on their Facebook page Tuesday of a bald eagle that was spotted in a tree at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. Commenters on that photo reported seeing bald eagles in other places, too, including at Route 173 and Kilbourne, and near Gregg's Landing in Vernon Hills. Even more sightings were reported when the photo was shared on the Grayslake Patch Facebook page. One reader said she saw a bald eagle in Lake Zurich on Jan. 27. Another said she spotted one in Lake Villa last week, while another reader said she saw a bald eagle in Gurnee on Monday. Mark Hurley, an environmental educator…
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Trees are chipped and used to make trails.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Don’t send your Christmas tree to the landfill, drop it off at a Lake County Forest Preserve site for recycling. Donated trees are chipped and used for trails and for landscaping at forest preserves throughout Lake County. Bring your tree to a drop-off site at one of the following forest preserves, open daily from 6:30 a.m. to sunset: Only undecorated, real Christmas trees can be accepted; no yard waste. Commercial drop-offs are prohibited.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
City threatens to work against the county's landslide decision to not build the Fort Sheridan golf course despite golf course struggles of its own.
After three years of tortuous deliberation the Lake County Forest Preserve District, finally agreed to seek removal of the requirement of a golf course at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve by a nearly consensual 20-1 vote. Earlier: Lake County Forest Preserve Seeks Dishonarable Discharge When the moment came, the vote was predictable in its majority if not its unanimity. But what was less predictable was Highland Park’s continued and active opposition to the will of the county as well as that of most of the people in the county and Highland Park. It is a city council gone rogue and out of step with its public. Highland Park has two golf courses. With one owned by the City and the other by the Park District, the extent of its financial …
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Bonnie Thomson Carter saw more than 5,000 acres preserved during eight-year reign.
When Bonnie Thomson Carter took leadership of the Lake County Forest Preserve District Board in 2002, she had a list of goals. As she prepares to step down from that role, Dec. 6, she feels she has accomplished what she set out to do. "The timing is right; I achieved more than I wanted to and I always felt it was an honor. I didn't feel I was entitled to be president forever," Carter said. One of the biggest achievements during her tenure was in 2008; in the midst of a recession, the forest preserve passed a $185 million referendum that enabled the preservation of 5,500 acres of land. The funds allowed the acquisition of 14 new preserves, 38 miles of trail connections and a multitude of improvements to facilities. Forest Preserve …