Cook County Commissioners Approve Forest Preserve Budget

Cook County commissioners have approved the forest preserve district budget for the upcoming year.

The $195 million spending plan includes more than $10 million for land acquisition. With real estate prices low, district officials have said they want to snap up property to add to nearly 69,000 acres.

Another $5.7 million will go toward construction and development, and nearly $14 million will be used for capital improvements.

The county board doubles as the forest preserve commission. The budget passed without opposition.

Public land management is discussed briefly in SUST 210 The Sustainable Future, and Roosevelt Professor Greg Buckley will teach the second version of his exciting SUST 390 Special Topics course on national parks in May 2012. As with the first version of the course last spring, the class will tour Theodore Roosevelt National Park and camp out for several days investigating land and wildlife management in the park. This will include long hikes and possible encounters with the many animals who call the park home, including bison. (The following photo is from the 2011 class hike through the aptly-named Bison Canyon.)

If you are interested in participating in the Sustainability Studies special topics course on national parks, contact Professor Buckley. To learn more about our curriculum, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email

This entry was posted in news, parks and public land, policy. Bookmark the permalink.