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 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

Governance

Since December 2010, the Forest Preserve District has been governed by an independent elected Board of Commissioners. As of December 2016, they include:
Judith Barnard, 2203 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61103 – jbarnard@winnebagoforest.org
Jake Henry, 4125 Oaklane Rd., Rockford, IL 61109 – jhenry@winnebagoforest.org
Mike Eickman, 11114 Harrison Rd., Rockton, IL 61072 – meickman@winnebagoforest.org
Audrey L. Johnson, 2321 Halsted Rd. #516, Rockford, IL 61103 – ajohnson@winnebagoforest.org
Gloria Lind, 1122 Greenwood Ave., Rockford, IL 61107 – glind@winnebagoforest.org
Cheryl A. Maggio, 6351 Dandbridge Blvd., Rockford, IL 61103 – cmaggio@winnebagoforest.org
Jeff Tilly, 3150 Durham Court, Rockford, IL 61109 – jtilly@winnebagoforest.org

The Forest Preserve District encompasses the county. The District is a legally separate organization and therefore retains a separate taxing authority and fiscal year than the County. The Board of Commissioners works closely with staff to study forest preserve issues and challenges and develop strategies to meet its mission. Judith Barnard serves as Forest Preserve District Commission President. The Board of Commissioners is responsible for addressing priorities of long-range planning, approving budgets and developing policies for the District’s facilities. FPWC Commissioners are non-partisan volunteers who are elected at large. Please check the  News Updates section of the FPWC home page for any changes to the meeting schedule.

2017 Schedule of Board of Commissioners Meetings

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Headquarters, 5:30 PM in the Conference Room, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford 61103 3rd Wednesday of each month January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21,  July 19, August 16, September 20, *October 25, November 15, December 20. Anyone wishing to speak at a Board meeting must submit a request to speak in writing to the President by noon on the day of the meeting. Request must include name, address and subject matter. Requests may be relayed through District office at above address; or at kknapp@winnebagoforest.org; or by fax 815-877-6124.

*Meeting date changed due to Budget and Levy 30 day Layover.

Environmental Impacts of the Great Lakes Railroad

 

In 2013 the Forest Preserves of Winnebago county completed a four-year strategic plan to guide allocations, programming and decision making. Click here for FPWC Core Values and 2014-2017 Strategic Plan Goals. Check back here for quarterly update reports on the activities that have been implemented to achieve the goals of the strategic plan.

2014-2017 Strategic Plan Update, Annual Report

2014-2017 Strategic Plan Update, September ’16

In 2015 the Land Advisory Council developed seven criteria to guide and prioritize future land acquisitions.  This tool helps the Land Advisory Council evaluate prospective acquisitions and make a recommendation to the FPWC Board of Commissioners. View Strategic Land Conservation Mang Plan