Election Day is November 3, 2020. See the Champaign County Clerk’s website for voter registration details and polling places. Visit our FAQ to see the exact question as it will appear on the ballot.
If the ballot initiative is approved by voters, the funds would allow the Champaign County Forest Preserve District (CCFPD) to continue to carry out its conservation, education, and outdoor recreation mission.
The Champaign County Forest Preserve District (CCFPD) owns about 4,100 acres in six main forest preserves:
Just added to the inventory but not yet opened is a new site acquired through grants and donations, Heron View Forest Preserve, located about mid-way between Lake of the Woods and Sangamon River preserves. In addition, the CCFPD owns and operates the Museum of the Grand Prairie and Homer Lake Interpretive Center, Lake of the Woods Golf Course, the Harry L. Swartz Campground, and the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden.
The CCFPD has a backlog of capital projects totaling more than $4 million. Projects that would be addressed over the next five years include:
The passage of the referendum would also allow the CCFPD to address staff shortages that affect natural area restoration, preserve operations, and delivery of educational programming.
For more information about the referendum, please visit our FAQ page.
Click here to download an 8.5x11 flyer about this effort.
"When our oldest son was born, we made a point of visiting each forest preserve during maternity leave because we had not taken the time to explore all of them. We are so fortunate to have a variety of natural areas available to visit freely, within a short distance. In the era of the staycation, please take the time to visit the lesser known preserves, you won't be sorry!"
Lacey and Steven Lowe, Champaign