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Board Strategic Planning Committee Minutes July 18

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District

July 18, 2011 – 5:30 PM

Judy Barnard – Chairman Tom Kalousek, Executive Director
Mary McNamara-Bernsten
Audrey Johnson
Cheryl Maggio

The meeting was called to order at 5:39 by Chairman Judy Barnard.

The writing committee reviewed the following from the strategic planning meeting of the Board from July 12:

• Connecting people to nature while preserving natural lands.

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

• Preservation – Acquire, restore, protect, and manage diverse natural communities.
• Recreation – Provide opportunities for activities in a natural setting.
• Education – Enhance understanding and impart knowledge through programs and resources.

Judy Barnard distributed the Land Classification and Use Policy, which lists three classifications of land uses: Reserve areas, recreation areas, and support areas. She advocated adding a fourth classification, cultural heritage areas. She summarized these areas as follows:

Reserve areas
• Preserve natural areas.
• Protect natural land forms.
• Protect flora and fauna.
• Preserve wildlife habitat.
• Acquire land for restoration.
• Connect natural areas.

Recreation areas
• Desirable locations for recreational activities.
• Desirable soils for recreational activities.
• Accommodate existing needs or future recreational uses.
• Accommodate special recreational uses.

Cultural heritage areas
• Preservation of cultural heritage.
• Interpretation of cultural heritage.
• Acquisition of historical site.
• Acquisition for demonstration purposes.

Support areas
• Accommodate support services and facilities.
• Lands vital for management of District.

Judy pointed out two articles from Parks and Recreation magazine: an article on Elizabeth Kessler, an IPRA Fellow award winner; and an article on natural lands inventory by Dr. Deanna Glosser, CEO of Environmental Planning Solutions.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 by Chairman Judy Barnard.

Judi Day
Recording secretary