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Board Strategic Planning Session Minutes February 4, 2016

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County


Forest Preserve Headquarters

February 4, 2016


PRESENT                                                                   STAFF

Judy Barnard                                                                Mike Holan, Executive Director

Mike Eickman                                                               Tom Hartley, Land and Development

Audrey Johnson                                                            Vaughn Stamm, Preserve Operations

Cheryl Maggio                                                              Jamie Johannsen, Marketing

Jeff Tilly

Mary McNamara Bernsten



Gloria Lind



The meeting was called to order at 5:32 PM, by President Barnard. Administrative Assistant Kristine Knapp called the roll.


APPROVAL OF AGENDA and MINUTES     Mary McNamara Bernsten made a motion, Jeff seconded, to approve the Minutes for January 4. No changes or additions were made to the agenda.



Judy opened the meeting by asking if anyone had anything to add to goal #1 of the Strategic Plan, that was reviewed at the January 20th Board Meeting. None of the board members had anything to add and it will stand as is.


Judy mentioned that the board will forward their recommendations to the Land Advisory Council on the items that the board selected out of Land Advisory Council’s list of the land acquisition options.


Review Strategic Plan Goals 2 & 3 – Judy Barnard called this meeting to review Goal 2 & 3 of the Strategic Plan. Goal # 2 is to find ways to engage the public to increase awareness of the forest preserves and their value to the region. The board shared their ideas on ways to make a more comprehensive marking plan to promote the preserves and expand on partnerships and volunteer opportunities. Staff responded with how they are currently marketing the forest preserves and plans for the future in partnerships and volunteer opportunities.


Goal # 3 is how to expand opportunities for educational and recreational activities for all ages. Staff reported on the events that are coming up for the current year at both the Forest Preserves and Severson Dells. Board and staff discussed ways to create interactive educational resources and strategies for appropriate recreational activities.


Judy stated that the board will go over goals 4 & 5 at the next board meeting on February 17, 2016.



Annual Strategic Plan Update – The board was provided a copy of the 2015 Annual Strategic Plan Update for review. None of the board members had any questions on the updated plan.



Meeting adjourned at 7:35 PM.


Respectfully Submitted,

Kristine Knapp

Administrative Assistant