Representative Jesiel with Ty Kovach, executive director of the
Lake County Forest Preserves and Katherine Hamilton-Smith,
director of public affairs and development for the Lake County Forest Preserves.
This is significant for a number of reasons because of the public and private partners on both sides of the Illinois-Wisconsin border that have been working to protect the Lake Plain for more than 50 years. Their efforts mean that the ecological function of Lake Michigan, and the entire Great Lakes system, is able to provide drinking water for tens of millions of people in eight US states and two Canadian provinces, as well as support a huge diversity of plants and wildlife. This effort doesn’t just help other states, but provides us with some great recreation opportunities like the Spring Bluff Forest Preserve, where you can meet one of 63 state-threatened species, like the Blanding’s turtle.
We often forget that we have a wealth of wonderful natural resources in Lake County, but I hope that designations like this will inspire more people to explore what we have. If you’re interested in finding out more about the great recreation activities available, or interested in learning more about conservation in Lake County, visit: www.lcfpd.org.