In the 20th Century, we preserved the land. In the 21st, let’s restore it.

A New Vision

Goal 4-1

The people of Cook County will celebrate and nurture our thriving woodlands, prairies and waters as world-class treasures that sustain our great metropolis.

This vision for the 21st Century is designed to support the Forest Preserve’s original and enduring mission:


Mission acquire and hold lands…for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna and scenic beauties…in their natural state…for the purpose of the education, pleasure and recreation of the public.  (1913 Enabling Legislation)