Over 68,000 acres of forest preserve land is owned and managed by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC). With approximately 40 million visits annually, it is currently the largest forest preserve district in the United States. Created in 1914 as the first forest preserve in the nation, this land is rich with wildlife, public recreation areas, and environmental educational opportunities. It consists of tallgrass prairies, native wetlands, nature preserves, waterways, marked trails, and other recreational spaces.
Palos Preserves, located in southwest Cook County, recently received two Conservation and Native Landscaping Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness for its use of natural landscaping, ecological restoration, and conservation design.
The FPDCC has allocated $63 million for three capital improvement programs, which include buildings, landscape and civil engineering, and campgrounds. As part of the District’s Five — year Capital Improvement Plan, the restoration and enhancement of landscapes and facilities are critical to the overall preservation of the Preserve.
dsi is providing program oversight and management for one of three capital improvement programs: Landscaping and Civil Engineering. These projects generally consist of new construction, maintenance, landscape restoration, picnic shelter improvements, hiking and biking trails, bridge and dam repairs, parking areas, fencing and, concrete work.
The partnership of dsi Associates and AMEC is providing overall program management, site management logistics, contract administration, change management, QA/QC, safety management, and commissioning and closeout.