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

New and Re-elected Commissioners Sworn In

commissionersThe November 2012 election brought one new member to the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners. Michael Eickman was elected for a six year term. As the current President of the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory in Colored Sands Forest Preserve, Eickman is well familiar with the forest preserve district. Eickman has been an active volunteer bird and hawk bander at the banding station for 24 years. Eickman says, “I am very committed to the preservation of natural communities and conservation of wildlife, so I am looking forward to working with the WCFPD board and staff to build on this organization’s legacy of preserving our natural heritage.”

Incumbent commissioners, Cheryl Maggio and Audrey Johnson were re-elected in November. Maggio for a two year term, and Johnson for six. Commissioner Lee Johnson was not re-elected and was recognized and thanked for his valuable service on the board in 2012.

On December 19, 2012, the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners elected new officers. Commissioner Judith Barnard was elected President, and Commissioner Mary McNamara Bernsten was elected Vice-president. Both are two year-terms. At the January 16 meeting, the Board of Commissioners appointed the remaining officers. Steve Chapman was appointed as Treasurer, and Commissioner Cheryl Maggio was appointed as Assistant Treasurer. Commissioner Audrey Johnson was appointed as Secretary and Judi Day was appointed as Assistant Secretary.