The Forest Preserve & Conservation Section (FPC) is developing continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for professionals in this field.

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Forest Preserve & Conservation Section Leadership

Elizabeth Kessler, CPRE
McHenry County Conservation District
Executive Director
18410 U.S. Highway 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-6223
[email protected]

Anamari Dorgan, CPRP
Forest Preserve District Of DuPage County
Director of Community Services & Education
3S580 Naperville Rd
PO Box 5000
Wheaton, IL 60189-5000
(773) 852-7782
[email protected]

Jessica Ortega
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Landscape Architect Supervisor
3S580 Naperville Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189-8761
(630) 871-6404
[email protected]

Ralph Schultz
Forest Preserve District Of Will County
Executive Director
17540 W. Laraway Rd.
Joliet, IL 60433
(815) 722-5993
[email protected]

Membership Council Representative:
Monica Meyers, CPRE
Forest Preserve District Of Kane County
Executive Director
1996 South Kirk Road
Suite 320
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-598
[email protected]


Upcoming Section Meetings

FPC is currently meeting virtually. For the upcoming meeting schedule, visit our Event List and type in "Forest Preserve & Conservation".

Priority Areas

Program & Education Committee

Learning Labs
Topic-specific professional development programs delivered virtually that may offer continuing education units, and are between 30-90 minutes long

Past Learning Labs:   Spring Brook Creek Restoration Project
Communicating Value and Drawing People In
Trends in Creative Revenue Streams

Educational Field Tours
Location-based networking and training opportunities offering hands-on field experiences.

FPC Communications Committee
Focused on supporting the educational opportunities and awareness of the Section.

Section Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2021
November 18, 2021