Healthy natural land enhances the quality of life for everyone in Cook County. Children and adults alike can discover nature and enjoy outdoor recreation. Diverse plants and animals thrive in a healthy natural environment, which also reduces flooding, cleans our air and water, increases adjacent property values, and creates opportunities for investment in nature-related businesses and tourism. People are healthier because of outdoor exercise and breathing cleaner air. Thriving preserves offer educational enrichment for children and research opportunities for scientists.
..to 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)