The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The mission of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County—the first and largest dedicated forest preserve in the United States—is to acquire and hold lands containing one or more natural forests or parts thereof or lands connecting such forests or parts thereof, or lands capable of being forested, for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna and scenic beauties within such district, and to restore, restock, protect and preserve the natural forests and such lands together with their flora and fauna, as nearly as may be, in their natural state and condition, for the purpose of the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public. Public programs and events at new facilities at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center and Camp Sagawau Environmental Education Center connect the creation of forest preserve districts and their importance in the region for the past 100 years and near future.

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Centennial Activities

Monday, September 21, 2009 7:00pm to Wednesday, September 23, 2009 noon

Daniel Burnham Sustainability Conference

Forest Preserve District of Cook County

The public is invited to attend this conference commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Burnham Plan, which envisioned the creation of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County as the first system of its kind in the nation, now the largest urban conservation preserve in the country. The purpose of this conference is to share ideas and formulate strategies that enable Cook County to host the most sustainable forest preserve system in the nation. [MORE]

Deer Grove Preserve

Forest Preserve District of Cook County

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County was created, in part, to carry out the Burnham Plan’s call for protecting valuable natural areas for future generations. The very first land acquired in 1916 was 500 acres of the west side of Deer Grove Forest Preserve. By the time of the Plan’s Centennial in 2009, the Preserve had expanded to include 1,800 acres of mixed upland savanna, grassland and wooded wetlands. [MORE]


Forest Preserve District of Cook County
536 North Harlem Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
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