Community Profile: Friends of the Forest Preserves

Friends of the Forest PreserveMaintaining our environment can be a lot of work, but it’s also very important.  Friends of the Forest Preserves understands this, which is why they work around the clock to maintain the land around us.  Friends of the Forest Preserves is a new group of civic leaders, people just like you, who formed the organization in 1998 to rescue these treasured lands.  Their goal: to help solve serious problems in the forest preserves of Cook County.  They protect, restore, and promote the forest preserves to ensure they thrive both now and for future generations to come.

Friends of the Forest Preserves are an independent, non-profit organization that provides oversight by attending all Forest Preserve meetings.  They also make policy and budget recommendations as well as fending off land grabs.  Through government contracts, foundation funding, and private donors, they hire contractors for large-scale, on-the-ground restoration projects that include removing invasive species, restoring hydrology, and conducting prescribed burns.  They also coordinate, support and promote volunteer workdays year-round to maintain progress made and move forward in restoring native species.  Internship programs are available as well that teache valuable restoration skills to help return the forest preserves to their natural state.

To learn about Friends of the Forest Preserves, and how you can help their cause, please visit their website at

For every new member who joins SourceOne Credit Union, if they choose, we will give a donation in their name to FOTFP.

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