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


Annual Budget


The Forest Preserves of Winnebago County (FPWC) derives its working capital from two primary sources.  The District’s tax levy is distributed into the corporate, debt service, botanic garden, retirement, liability reserve and development funds.  The 2020-2021 tax rate is expected to be .10710 cents per one hundred dollars of assessed real estate valuation, which means that the Forest Preserve District has the lowest tax rate of any taxing body within Winnebago County.

The second source of income is the service fees generated by campgrounds, shelterhouses, equestrian trails, golf courses, etc. The District also utilizes private, federal and state grant programs to supplement its funds for land acquisition and development.  Since its inception, the District has been awarded over eleven million dollars in land acquisition grants from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, State of Illinois OSLAD (Open Space Land Acquisition and Development) program and other programs. The District also receives funds through programs such as the Department of Natural Resources to fund construction of canoe launches, trails, parking and restroom facilities as well as fund restoration work.

2020-2021 Budget

2019-2020 Budget



Public Act 101-0504


FPWC is a member of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) and compliant with Public Act 101-0504 for IMRF employer cost and participation information and related reports.


Total Compensation Package Information


Pursuant to the requirements of 5 ILCS 120/7.3, we have made available in our Human Resources department at FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL  61103, a list of all employees having a total compensation package that exceeds $75,000 per year.

For the purpose of this statute, “total compensation” includes salary, health insurance, housing allowance, vehicle allowance, clothing allowance, bonuses, loans, vacation days and sick days.