Winnebago County Forest Preserve District

Winnebago County Forest Preserves

Dragonflies and damselflies have been around about 300-million-years -- long before dinosaurs.

The small, colorful creatures are a big presence among northern Illinois wildlife.

The Winnebago County Forest Preserves is holding a workshop where experts will share knowledge about these insects.

Jamie Johannsen, with the Forest Preserves, says people don’t need to be well-versed in environmental science to participate.

Olson out as Forest Preserve president

Aug 23, 2012

Randy Olson was removed Wednesday as president of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Board over his management style, exemplified by his creation of a new public safety position and filling that post without board consent.

Commissioner Mary McNamara Bernsten, who was named the new president, was joined by Judy Barnard, Lee Johnson, Audrey Johnson and Gloria Lind in voting to oust Olson. Cheryl Maggio voted to retain him. Olson remains a commissioner.