Citizens Advisory Committee

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is looking for individuals to join their Citizens Advisory Committee starting January 2020.

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners. CAC members serve for three years on a voluntary basis, with terms expiring each year in December.

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, members volunteer at community events and/or CCFPD activities to promote awareness of the District.

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.

Current Members

  • Bill Ford
  • Marianne Lippi
  • Roger Digges
  • Fred Bunting
  • Richard Harris
  • Jeanine Russell
  • Kristian Hopkins
  • Kayla Boparai
  • Gregory Walburg
  • Steve Franke
  • Nancy Elliott
  • Fred Newport


CAC Members at the 2018 Outside at Research Park.