Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Cedar Cliff Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters

Mission & Purpose

Mission Statement

The Forest Preserve District is dedicated to protecting, conserving, enhancing and promoting Winnebago County’s natural heritage for the environmental, educational, and recreational benefit of present and future generations.


“…to acquire and hold lands containing natural forests; land connecting such forests or lands capable of being reforested; for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna and scenic beauties within such district, and to restore, restock, protect, and preserve the natural forests and said lands, together with their flora and fauna, as nearly as may be in their natural stand and condition, for the purpose of the education, pleasure and recreation of the public.”

Strategic Plan

In 2013, the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County completed a four-year strategic plan to guide allocations, programming and decision making. The strategic plan is based on core values and six primary goals that provide guiding principles for all the district’s work and decisions.

Core Values

We believe in:

  • Protecting and preserving natural lands and natural communities.
  • Connecting people to nature.
  • Educating the community on benefits and history of the land.
  • Being responsive to recreational needs while minimizing impact on the environment.

Strategic Plan Goals

GOAL #1: Demonstrate excellence and good stewardship in management of natural resources and physical assets.

GOAL #2: Engage the public to increase awareness of the forest preserves and their value to the region.

GOAL #3: Expand opportunities for educational and recreational activities for all ages.

GOAL #4: Promote community-supported, value-driven, mission-centered revenue streams.

GOAL #5:  Fulfill high standards of compliance, safety, and maintenance of property, infrastructure and  equipment.

GOAL #6:  Acquire, protect and preserve land to protect the rich biodiversity of Winnebago County.