The Champaign County Forest Preserve District was organized in 1935 by public referendum the Champaign County Forest Preserve District and began operation in 1948 with 260 acres surrounding a small lake near Mahomet, Illinois. The District is a special district unit of local government and exists as authorized by the State of Illinois Downstate Forest Preserve District statute. Presently the District owns and operates 4,022 acres of prairies, forests, savannas and wetlands. Seven preserves are located across Champaign County with no county resident further than thirty minutes from one of the preserves.
Mission: Protect Champaign County’s natural and cultural resources and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world.
Preserves: Heron View, Homer Lake, Lake of the Woods, Kickapoo Rail Trail, Middle Fork River, River Bend and Sangamon River
Facilities: HI Tower, Homer Lake Interpretive Center, Lake of the Woods Golf Course, Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden, Middle Fork River Campground, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Rental Pavilions, Shelters, Lakes, Rivers, Comfort Stations
Acreage: 4022 with 730 acres restored prairie, woodlands, and riparian environments.
FT Staff: 45.00 Full-Time
FTE: 67.57 Total FTE
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Champaign County Forest Preserve District for its comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal years 2017-2019. The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
Link to historical information on CCFPD audits and financial ordinances.