Citizens Advisory Committee

This panel serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners. Members study issues of concern to the District and report their recommendations to the Board. Some past and current issues have included the waterfowl area, potential canoe trails and site planning.

Citizens Advisory Committee members serve for three years on a voluntary basis, with three terms expiring each year in December. Members of the public who are interested in serving on this committee should contact District Headquarters at (217) 586-3360 for more information. 

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is looking for individuals to join their Citizens Advisory Committee starting January 2018.

The committee advises and assists the CCFPD Board of Commissioners to:

·         promote citizen awareness of District facilities, financial needs, and issues

·         study needs of the District and the effects of programming

·         provide support for studies and reports requested by the District Board

·         implement programs and new policies

The group meets 6 times per year, generally at Lake of the Woods (4 times), Homer Lake (1 time) and Middle Fork Forest Preserve (1 time). Most meetings are held at 6:00 pm on the first Wednesday of every other month. In addition to meeting attendance, it is expected that each member will volunteer at the Urbana Farmer's Market booth or other CCFPD activities.

Recent projects included: collaboration with the CU Astronomical Society to obtain Dark Sky certification for Middle Fork Forest Preserve (ongoing); promotion of and education aspects of the Kickapoo Rail Trail (ongoing); and development of a site plan for Sylvester Woods. Former projects have included making recommendations related to waterfowl areas, potential canoe trails, and firewood usage at District sites.

Interested in joining? Please complete the application in the golf box in the right hand corner of this page.

Current Members

  • Carl Altstetter
  • David Easter
  • Denise Ingram
  • Eileen Borgia
  • Bill Ford
  • Marianne Lippi
  • Roger Digges
  • Fred Bunting
  • Richard Harris


CAC Members at the 2016 Homer Soda Festival.