How long has there been a Forest Preserve District of DuPage County?

The Forest Preserve District was established in 1915, when county residents voted to preserve a stand of mature woodlands. The passage of the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act two years earlier, which provided for the creation of agencies “to acquire and hold land,” made the historic vote possible.

DuPage County officials appropriated $8,000 to create, manage and maintain the Forest Preserve District, the fifth of its kind in the nation, and spent the next two years working out operating details. In 1917, the county established the first District tax levy and purchased its first parcel, the 79-acre York Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook.

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