2015 Photo Contest Winner Best Fauna-Bee, Chicago Botanic Garden near Glencoe, Edward Boe
2015 Photo Contest Winner Best Fauna-Bee, Chicago Botanic Garden near Glencoe, Edward Boe

Friends in the News

As the only nonprofit solely focused on the forest preserves in Cook County and making sure they are properly managed, we are often in the news. Read about our latest efforts advocating for the preserves, as well as highlights from our restoration work and youth programs.

One Of City’s Wildest Places Becoming Wilder With Planting of 1,000th Shrub

DNA Info, October 28, 2016

Keeping one of Chicago’s wildest places truly wild is a year-round effort conducted by dozens of volunteers.

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Encounter Spears Woods

The Regional News, October 6, 2016

Palos Restoration group explores what lies beyond the trail.

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Friends of the Forest Preserves grow, naturally

The Regional News, June 16, 2016

Friends of the Forest Preserves number more than 3,000 committed volunteers and members, but more are always welcome to join.

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Cook County programs gives youth summer forest preserve jobs

The Washington Times, May 25, 2016

More than 100 young people will get the chance to earn money and experience the outdoors through a summer jobs program in Cook County’s forest preserves.

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First Ave. bike path back on track

Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, February 17, 2016

A new bike path connecting 31st Street and 26th Street along First Ave./ Golfview Ave. will be completed in 2016.

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Elk Grove bike enthusiasts will cycle under the stars

The Daily Herald, September 17, 2015

The first Busse Woods Night Ride set for Friday, Sept. 25 and will take cyclists on an 8-mile route, guided by a pacesetter at the front and someone in the back of the pack to make sure no one falls behind. Everyone will be required to wear helmets and headlights.

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Lakeside Heritage Walk Now Open in South Chicago’s Steelworkers Park

PR Newswire, September 10, 2015

Friends partnered with McCaffery Interests to create the Lakeside Heritage Walk.

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Elk Grove, County, State Officials Cut Ribbon On Busse Dam Project

Journal and Topics Newspapers, August 14, 2015

After 8 years of negotiating and planning, the Busse Dam Project will fix a long-standing stormwater problem.

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Centennial volunteers say there’s Somme-thing about Northbrook woods

Northbrook Star, December 17, 2014

The Centennial Volunteers program is picking up speed at Somme Woods East.

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County OKs $100,000 for First Ave. bike path

Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, July 23, 2014

The first phase of the Salt Creek Trail project is underway.

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Friends' President Benjamin Cox helps cut the ribbon for the Busse Dam Reservoir Project.
Friends' President Benjamin Cox helps cut the ribbon for the Busse Dam Reservoir Project.
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