Wild Things: What Visitors Need to Know About Drone Use in DuPage Forest Preserves
Drones, or quadcopters, are hugely popular for getting beautiful aerial photography and video, but their use in DuPage forest preserves is regulated just like it is for model aircraft. Drones can be used at the model aircraft fields at six District preserves: Pratt's Wayne Woods in Wayne; Springbrook Prairie and Greene Valley, both in Naperville; Waterfall Glen in Darien; and Fullerton Park and Cricket Creek, both in Addison. Drone users are also required to have a valid model-craft permit, which costs $35 a year for DuPage County residents and $45 a year for nonresidents. Day permits can also be purchased for $7 per day for residents or $9 per day for nonresidents. More information about the District's model aircraft fields can be found on the District's website.
When using drones at the model-aircraft fields in the District's preserves, visitors must keep their drones within the model aircraft field and keep them within physical line of sight at all times. Drones must be less than 55 pounds; if they weigh more than that, they must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration.
District senior ranger David Sima talks about what you need to know about drone usage in DuPage forest preserves on Wild Things on WDCB Radio (90.9 FM).