Forest Park IL wants to close all the trees at a park it says endangered
Posted On June 18, 2021
Forest Park, Ill., is asking the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to close the trees around the iconic “wake” forest university in wake of the devastating fire that swept through the area last year.
The city of Forest Park has said it has the right to keep the trees, but is trying to preserve the historic nature of the forest park.
“Our goal is to be able to maintain a sense of continuity to the forest, and preserve its identity,” Forest Park’s communications director, Kevin Gannon, told the Chicago Tribune.
“If we lose the trees and that’s what we do, it will be a sad loss.”
Gannon said Forest Park would need the DNR’s approval to keep all the historic trees, and also to preserve its unique forest park history.
Forest Park has a long history of conservation, but Gannon said the city is “trying to avoid making a big deal out of a loss of trees.”
Gillan said that if the DNREC approves Forest Park to keep its trees, the city would be able, for example, to remove all of the trees along the riverfront.
Gannon also said that in the past, the DNI had been in favor of preserving trees near the Chicago River.
The Forest Park City Council is expected to take up the request to keep some of the city’s most famous trees during its next meeting on Wednesday.
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