This blog is a forum for information related to the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. Your comments are welcome and encouraged.
This blog is not affiliated with the Lake County Forest Preserve District (except, of course, as taxpayers!)
My name is Sonny Cohen and I am this blog’s publisher. I have a deep interest in issues related to this region where I have lived most of my life. What is captivating my attention are the land use issues at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
I have a background in land use planning, public policy and environmental issues. I have a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Michigan. My undergraduate degree is in engineering. I have worked for the City of Ann Arbor and the elected Drain Commissioner of Washtenaw County, Michigan. I directed the stormwater management policy program for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio. I left public service to start my own business. But I never left the public policy issues associated with land use, fiscal integrity and the environment.
Today, I am on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Audubon Society, a land trust dedicated to both conservation and habitat preservation. I watch birds. So I am attuned to the enhancement as well as destruction of habitat locally, regionally and globally.
I care about rainforest destruction and overfishing of the seas. Don’t we all? I wring my hands over the loss of habitat for the Spotted Owl. But Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve is my backyard and playground. And I pay taxes to the Lake County Forest Preserve District and vote on their bond referenda. So this is public policy that I can directly influence and bring to it my policy knowledge and land use management skills. This blog is part of my effort to be involved and influence the outcome.
Please feel free to provide your comments and perspective whether or not you agree with me. Unless you are uncivil, ill-mannered or simply off-topic, your input is welcome.