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Forest Preserve District Of Will County

17540 W. Laraway Road

Joliet, Illinois 60433

United States

Company Description

The Forest Preserve District of Will County was created by referendum on July 25, 1927, to preserve the County's fast-dwindling wilderness and open spaces for the benefit of future generations. We are a separate, legal entity and taxing body with bounda ... more

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Will County man preserves forests for future

www.dailysouthtown.com [cached]

Bruce Hodgdon took a circuitous route to get where he is today, and he's discovered a lot along the way.

Even as he switched directions and changed professions, Hodgdon's job has always been about learning, first as a teacher, then as a newspaper reporter, and even now, as media liaison for the Forest Preserve District of Will County.
With a college education based in English and journalism, Hodgdon taught high school English for 20 years in St. Louis and Texas before heading back to the Joliet area.
He briefly worked for a newspaper before planting himself at the Forest Preserve District, where he has been for more than eight years.
If anyone has a question about the forest preserves, Hodgdon is the go-to guy.
If he doesn't know the answer, he'll quickly find someone who does.
"It was not hard to make the transition," he said.
"I totally credit the people I work with.They are really helpful, knowledgeable and professional.They went out of their way to help me."
Hodgdon took ecology courses at Joliet Junior College to improve his knowledge.And, over the years, he has continued to learn "a ton of stuff" that comes from being on the job every day.
He can talk about the effects of beaver dams on the local ecology, the importance of burning, the restoration of wetlands and the development of bike trails.
"If they had provided me with a single book on everything I had to learn, it would have been daunting," said Hodgdon.
As media liaison, his goal is to get accurate information to people as quickly as possible.
He handles all calls from the local media and writes the news releases.
He fields calls from the public and writes the information in the district's brochures.He sits in on several committee meetings and conducts slide presentations and other public programs.
On any given day, he's juggling a half dozen different assignments and learning all the time.
It's always challenging, and sometimes controversial, but it's "never work," Hodgdon said.
"There are very few idle moments.If you have an active curiosity, the job does not grow stale."
In recent years, the district has been on a mission to acquire an additional 6,500 acres of land and has welcomed thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of participants into its educational and recreational programs.
"What we are doing today will be around in the future.
...
When people see the open space surrounded by development, they will say, 'Thank God, someone thought to preserve it,' " Hodgdon said.
"It's bigger than any one of us.It will pay dividends well into the future.It's a legacy for all who work here."
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Open Space legacy 'bigger than any one of us'

www.starnewspapers.com [cached]

Bruce Hodgdon took a circuitous route to get where he is today, and he's discovered a lot along the way.

Even as he switched directions and changed professions, Hodgdon's job has always been about learning, first as a teacher, then as a newspaper reporter, and even now, as media liaison for the Forest Preserve District of Will County.
With a college education based in English and journalism, Hodgdon taught high school English for 20 years in St. Louis and west in Texas before heading back to the Joliet area.
He briefly worked for a newspaper before planting himself at the Forest Preserve District where he has been for more than eight years.
If anyone has a question about the forest preserves, Hodgdon is the go-to guy.
If he doesn't know the answer, he'll quickly find someone who does.
"It was not hard to make the transition," he says.
"I totally credit the people I work with.
"They are really helpful, knowledgeable and professional.They went out of their way to help me."
Hodgdon took ecology courses at Joliet Junior College to improve his own knowledge.And, over the years, he has continued to learn "a ton of stuff," that comes from being on the job every day.
He can talk about the effects of beaver dams on the local ecology, the importance of burning, the restoration of wetlands and the development of bike trails.
"If they had provided me with a single book on everything I had to learn, it would have been daunting," says Hodgdon.
As media liaison, his goal is to get accurate information to people as quickly as possible.
He handles all calls from the local media and writes the press releases.
He fields calls from the public, and writes the information in the district's brochures.He sits in on several committee meetings and conducts slide presentations and other public programs.
On any given day, he's juggling half dozen different assignments and learning all the time.
It's always challenging, and sometimes controversial, but it's "never work," Hodgdon says.
"There are very few idle moments.
"If you have an active curiosity, the job does not grow stale."
"I continue to learn and grow and appreciate what we're doing."


News of the Wild - Summer 1998

www.chicagowildernessmag.org [cached]

"We're hoping the project will be viewed as a model to developers, planners, and researchers," says Bruce Hodgdon of the Forest Preserve District. - Nicole Kamins


News of the Wild - Summer 1998

www.chicagowildernessmag.org [cached]

"We're hoping the project will be viewed as a model to developers, planners, and researchers," says Bruce Hodgdon of the Forest Preserve District. - Nicole Kamins


News of the Wild - Summer 1998

www.chicagowildernessmag.org [cached]

"We're hoping the project will be viewed as a model to developers, planners, and researchers," says Bruce Hodgdon of the Forest Preserve District. - Nicole Kamins

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