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The spring 2013 issue of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's award-winning magazine

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  • CCoonsenserrvvaattionistionistA Quarterly Publication of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County


    Spring 2013

  • As physician, author and poet Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes oncewrote, The great thing in the world is not so much where westand, as in what direction we are moving. He was discussing19th century ideologies, but his words seem to apply well toefforts here at the Forest Preserve District today.

    Take St. James Farm Forest Preserve for instance. Starting June 1,the new entrance on Winfield Road will be open year-round,allowing visitors to explore the grounds during every season. Theentrance was part of the first phase of the St. James Farm MasterPlan, which the Board of Commissioners approved three years agoto guide the District as it moves forward with the development ofthis historic site. (If youve never visited St. James Farm, you maywant to stop by May 25 for a preview during our annual FamilyField Day, which focuses on the buildings, works of art andnatural areas that grace this preserve.) I had the pleasure ofmeeting owner Brooks McCormick when the District wasnegotiating the purchase of St. James Farm over a decade ago,and I believe that Mr. McCormick, who was a conservationist asmuch as he was a businessman and philanthropist, would bepleased with where were headed.

    Of course St. James Farm is one of 60 DuPage County forestpreserves; we have similar developments to look foward to atMayslake Hall, the Greene Farm Barn, the Ben Fuller House andOak Meadows Golf Preserve, just to name a few. And the much-anticipated restoration of the West Branch of the DuPage River,which spans not one but three preserves (see New Beginningson Page 21), means that the future of this irreplaceable resourcewill be equally exciting.

    Regardless of which forest preserve developments engage youthis year, I hope youll make time to enjoy them with family andfriends. (I know that I will!)

    from the president

    D. Dewey Pierotti Jr. President, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County


    PresidentD. Dewey Pierotti Jr., Addison

    CommissionersMarsha Murphy, Addison District 1

    Joseph F. Cantore, Oakbrook Terrace District 2Linda Painter, Hinsdale District 3Tim Whelan, Wheaton District 4

    Mary Lou Wehrli, Naperville District 5Shannon Burns, West Chicago District 6

    BOARD MEETINGSFor schedules and agendas,


    ITHE CONSERVATIONISTSpring 2013, Vol. 49, No. 2

    Managing EditorSusan Olafson

    EditorJayne Bohner

    Editorial AssistantsJohanna BiedronBonnie Olszewski

    Beth Schirott

    Graphic DesignerDeanna Eichenauer


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    contentsVol. 49, No. 2 | Spring 20134



    4 News & Notes

    6 Forest Jewels

    8 Spring Calendar

    21 New Beginnings

    24 Explore

    26 Directory

    27 Map

    On the cover: Yellow warbler J. Fuhrman/VIREO



    Brian E. Small/V


    Eric Engbretson, USFWS, Bu


    OURMissionTo acquire and hold lands for the purpose of preserving the flora,fauna and scenic beauty for the education, pleasure and recreation of DuPage County citizens

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    news & notes

    MANY ThanksThe Forest Preserve District thanksthe following donors whocontributed to its efforts betweenNov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012.

    Gifts of Note

    Dr. Lawrence DuBose $6,400 Kline Creek Farm

    Douglas Charitable Fund $5,847 Mayslake Peabody Estate

    Irene Bowman Loving Trust $4,877 Willowbrook Wildlife Center

    Robert R. McCormick Foundation $3,000 Employee matching contribution

    International Paper Foundation $2,500 Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp

    Lyndell F. Bowman Trust $2,336 Willowbrook Wildlife Center

    Ecolab Community Relations Council $1,800 Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp

    Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bamford $1,500 Willowbrook Wildlife Center

    Spraying Systems $1,000 General Fund

    To make a tax-deductible contribution,get info on sponsorship opportunitiesfor your business, and learn how yourfinancial supportbenefits the ForestPreserve District, scan here or

    THANK YOU VolunteersIn recognition of National VolunteerWeek, April 21 27, the ForestPreserve District applauds its 992 long-term and 3,940 one-time volunteers.Last fiscal year these dedicatedindividuals donated more than 86,000hours with an in-kind value of morethan $1.8 million. The District willhonor its volunteers and recognizethose with milestone accomplishmentson May 2 at its annual banquet.


    The Board of Commissioners hasapproved a master plan for OakMeadows Golf Preserve in Addison,which calls for increased stormwaterstorage, enhanced wetlands, trailconnections and a redesigned, flood-resistant 18-hole course with aclubhouse. The District will nowbegin to assess permit requirements,outline construction schedules andbudgets, and seek grants and funding.To view the master plan, whichincludes the new course layout, visitPlans and Projects under ForestPreserve News at


    A 1.2-mile segment of the WestBranch Regional Trail at TimberRidge Forest Preserve in WestChicago has reopened followingadjustments to prevent slipperysurfaces on the boardwalk. Anothersection funded in part by a $100,000grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and EconomicOpportunity will connect WestDuPage Woods Forest Preserve inWest Chicago with Winfield MoundsForest Preserve in Winfield.

    Two additional DCEO grants willsupport projects along the NorthCentral DuPage Regional Trail, onefor $500,000 for a bridge over CountyFarm Road between Mallard Lake andHawk Hollow forest preserves inHanover Park and another for$470,000 for a section of trail alongSchick Road near Hawk Hollow.


    The District is working with thevillage of Wayne and the WayneHistorical Society to build a 2-acrepicnic area, 23-car parking lot, shorttrail and scenic overlook at DunhamForest Preserve in Wayne. Workshould begin in 2013 and whencompleted in 2014 will provide accessto the 6-year-old preserve and anadjacent historic train depot thatWayne will use as a communitycenter. Dunham currently standsprimarily as agricultural land, butlong-term plans call for the transitionof the 374-acre site to natural habitat.


    This spring the District will beginwork on a reconfigured entrance, a0.5-acre fenced small-dog area, 1,440feet of limestone trails, reseededgrassy areas, two minishelters andunderground drain tiles at the off-leash dog area at Mayslake ForestPreserve in Oak Brook. The area willbe closed when construction starts,but a temporary fenced-in area willbe available south of the parking lot.

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    Canadian National Railway Company will provide more than $3.1 million inforest preserve enhancements in exchange for the temporary use of 5 acres innorth-central Pratts Wayne Woods Forest Preserve in Wayne, which it will use asit works on tracks on its own property. When finished, CN will not only restorethe site but also improve nearby wetlands. Additionally, it will fund the design andconstruction of an off-leash dog area at nearby Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve inHanover Park, which will replace the area at Pratts Wayne Woods, and a newmodel airfield at Pratts Wayne Woods on Stearns Road, which will replace thecurrent field off Powis Road. Work may begin on the two areas this summer.


    The Friends of the Forest PreserveDistrict of DuPage County Board of Directors has gained four newmembers Ron Austin, MattineGallentine, Deanna Salo and JohnSheerin and continues to seekvolunteers willing to provideleadership on its marketing,fundraising and finance committees.The newly established organization, a 501(c)(3) public charity, supportsfundraising efforts to enhance theDistricts conservation-, recreation-and education-related initiatives.Details are available through theOffice of Fundraising andDevelopment at (630) 871-6400.

    E-NEWS EssentialsSign up for the Districts new monthly e-newsletter, and get thelatest on DuPage forest preserves delivered right to your inbox. To get started, scan this QR code or visit, whereyou can also explore the Districts redesigned website, whichfeatures streamlined navigation and links to Google maps with

    driving directions to and from every forest preserve parking lot. Give us yourfeedback at


    The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission has given Illinois Nature Preserve statusto 1,589 acres of Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville; 50 acres ofSpringbrook received Illinois Land and Water Reserve status as did 121 acres atBelleau Woods Forest Preserve in Wheaton. The District will continue to own,manage and maintain these lands as it has in the past, but dogs, horses andbicycles will need to remain on maintained trails within the state-designated areas,a requirement similar to current District regulations in such high-quality naturalareas. The picnic shelter, model airfield and off-leash dog area at Springbrook arenot within any state-designated areas, so