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Forest Preserve District Of Will County
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Friday, November 30, 2012
The bloodhound ended her career as a search and rescue dog in Will County this September.
For seven years, Rosie the bloodhound spent her days sniffing out justice as a search and rescue man-trailing dog with the Forest Preserve District of Will County Police Department. She was the forest preserve’s first police dog, and on Sept. 21, her ninth birthday, Rosie retired, due to arthritis and chronic ear infections. However, she still sometimes visits the department with her owner and former handler, Lieutenant Tracy Phillips, strolling up and down the halls and looking for an affectionate pat. “She’s pampered is what she is,” said Bruce Hodgdon, public information specialist and press liaison for the forest preserve district. Rosie wasn’t always pampered, though. During her career with the forest preserve, she lent her sharp …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The recent assault of a woman in the Hickory Creek Preserve has residents concerned over safety in county nature areas. Find out what agencies are responsible for patrolling these locations and what they're doing to protect visitors.
As spring weather finally takes hold, the area's parks and trails start to lure residents interested in soaking up nature or getting a bit of exercise. But a recent assault of a woman on the Hickory Creek Preserve-La Porte Road Access Trail on April 17 was a reminder that these locations can attract individuals with more unsavory intentions than simply enjoying the outdoors. Officials from the agencies that patrol these forest preserves and trails say incidents like this happen infrequently, but that doesn't mean personal safety is a secondary concern for them. READ: Woman Assaulted on Mokena Forest Preserve Path The Forest Preserve District of Will County, the governmental authority that manages county nature areas like Hickory Creek …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend by participating in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Cruise the Creek event at Hickory Creek Barrens.
It isn’t often that the weather channel predicts a sunny, perfect fall weekend. Don’t waste yours. Tomorrow, you can plan for outdoor family and/or friend time close to home at the Cruise the Creek Bike Ride and Fest on Saturday. This fest, put on by the Forest Preserve District of Will County and located at Hickory Creek Barrens in New Lenox, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Bikers have the option of participating in a six-mile loop, an 11-mile loop or both. You can view the map of the route here. These loops will take you along the scenic Hickory Creek Bikeway and parts of Old Plank Road Trail in New Lenox and Mokena. On your trip, you’ll see woodlands, wetlands and prairie, all native to the area. The fest is recommended for …