Mission & Purpose
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.”
In 2012, the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County completed a year-long strategic planning process to create a vision and strategies for the organization. The strategic plan is based on core values and four primary goals that provide guiding principles for all the district’s work and decisions.
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.