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Preserving Open Spaces / Land Acquisitions

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County develops land-preservation efforts that

  • Protect prairies, wetlands and woodlands
  • Secure habitat for native plants and animals
  • Create greenways
  • Provide space for trails, picnic areas and other recreational amenities
  • Support local flood-control efforts
  • Improve the quality of life for all DuPage County citizens

Read the District's white paper on leasing or selling DuPage County forest preserve land.

Recent Land Acquisitions

The District makes ongoing efforts to acquire land that benefits DuPage County residents. Land acquisition priority is given to land that is adjacent to existing preserves and major county rivers, Salt Creek, East Branch DuPage River and West Branch DuPage River.

2007 Acquisitions 2008 Acquisitions 2009 Acquisitions 
2010 Acquisitions 2011 Acquisitions 2012 Acquisitions 
2013 Acquisitions 2014 Acquisitions 2015 Acquisitions 


The chart below demonstrates the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s efforts to preserve open spaces throughout the century. To view a historical list of all District land acquisitions, download

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Acquisition History

This animation demonstrates the Forest Preserve District’s efforts to preserve open spaces throughout the century.
This chart illustrates how the Forest Preserve District's total acreage has kept pace with the county's growing population.

Conservation Easements

A conservation easement is a way to protect the natural-resource value of a piece of land while the owner maintains possession. It is a legal method that protects and sustains the conservational value of the land by limiting its use. To date, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has worked with property owners to protect hundreds of acres through conservation easements. Property owners who are interested in exploring conservation easements or who would like more information should contact the Forest Preserve District’s Office of Land Preservation at (630) 933-7200.

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