Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Illinois: New Department to Oversee Natural Resources

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Illinois: New Department to Oversee Natural Resources

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The Bolingbrook Park District in Illinois recently hired Alice Eastman as its first superintendent of natural resources. Eastman comes to Bolingbrook from the Downers Grove Park District where she served as manager of Natural Resources and Interpretive Services and managed the award-winning Lyman Woods--an 180-acre preserve and nature center.

While owning environmental gems in Winston Woods, Hidden Lakes, Gateway Wetlands and its three greenways, the Bolingbrook Park District, until now, has focused its resources primarily on active recreation. Park District Director Ray Ochromowicz noted, "Bolingbrook has always been a young active town, but increasingly I hear from citizens about wildlife and maintenance of woodlands, wetlands and prairies."

The Bolingbrook Park District has a standing objective to provide balance in meeting community needs. Balance between young and old, trendy and traditional, active and passive. Yet, Ochromowicz cited park districts with far less environmental wealth doing a better job with environmental education and natural area management. Enhancing natural areas and expanding interpretive and environmental education was long overdue he said.

The purpose of the natural resources department is three-fold:

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