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2013 - Issue 5 - September

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SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY LEFT: Jamee and Marshall Field V at their Lake Forest estate, which is part of the Lake Forest Open Lands Association. BELOW: The Karner blue butterfly, which is rarely found in Illinois, has been spotted at the preserve. "We still have a feeling of openness right downtown in Lake Forest." Promised Land AS LAKE FOREST OPEN LANDS ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES ITS 26TH ANNUAL BAGPIPES & BONFIRE, CONSERVATIONISTS JAMEE AND MARSHALL FIELD V CONTINUE TO CHAMPION LAND PRESERVATION ON THE NORTH SHORE. BY MEG MATHIS "I 've always loved nature," Jamee Field says, petting her tiny terrier, Snuffy, as she sits on the terrace of her Lake Forest home. Looking out over the grounds of the sprawling estate bordering Skokie Nature Preserve, surrounded by lush foliage in every shade of green imaginable 66 and a pond that calls to mind Monet's Giverny, it's hard not be smitten. When Jamee and her husband, Marshall Field V, moved to Lake Forest in 1979, she says, Marshall was less interested in touring the main house and more curious to explore the expansive grounds and the neighboring landscapes, prairies, savannas, woodlands, ravines, and wetlands that comprise Lake Forest Open Lands—800 preserved acres of land with 12 walking trails throughout Lake Forest. The Fields quickly joined Lake Forest Open Lands Association; now, Jamee serves as life director of the board of the nonprofit organization as she, Marshall, and daughters Stephanie Field Harris (governor of the board) and Jamee Field prepare to host its 26th annual fundraiser, Bagpipes & Bonfire. "It's an integral part of our lives," says Jamee of the event, which draws a crowd of more than 1,700 to enjoy everything from Belgian pony rides, Scottish Highland dancers, and fly casting to sheep herding, kilted skydivers, and bagpipe performances, culminating in the lighting of a bonfire to benefit land preservation. Established in 1967, Lake Forest Open Lands Association acquires, preserves, restores, and maintains landscapes throughout Lake Forest. "In the beginning, the families that lived in the two or three big houses here donated their backyards essentially," Jamee says. Today, the association purchases land, selling a percentage of the property to help ensure preservation. Lake Forest Open Lands Association has spent more than $36 million to secure landscapes, and Jamee continued on page 68 PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIA PONCE BERRE (FIELDS) —JAMEE FIELD MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 066-071_MA_SC_SpiritofGen_Sept_13.indd 66 8/7/13 1:20 PM

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