ML - Michigan Avenue

2013 - Issue 5 - September

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SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Tartan parade of 100 pipers led by drum major Steve Harrison during "Bagpipes & Bonfire"; a skydiver lands prior to the lighting ceremony; a bagpiper plays "Amazing Grace" atop the 20-foot brush pile just before its lighting. continued from page 66 has been active not only in land management, but also in education. "I worked with somebody who set up a docent program where we'd take preschoolers and show them butterflies, but now they really have the science," she says of the organization, which has educated more than 40,000 children throughout its history via after-school, summer camp, and internship programs to help foster future generations of conservation leaders. Lake Forest Open Lands Association also boasts memberships in Chicago Wilderness and Land Trust Alliance, and helped establish the Lake Forest Collaborative for Environmental Leadership to unite the city, public school districts, and Lake Forest —JAMEE FIELD College on sustainability and stewardship efforts. The remnant lands are especially valuable resources to scientists, ornithologists, and students from the Chicago Botanic Garden, DePaul University, and Northwestern University who study everything from water quality and soil chemistry to bird migration. As Lake Forest Open Lands Association works toward creating a green belt, Jamee is confident that precious ecosystems will be saved "Lake Forest will be the perfect little jewel of urban wilderness." 68 and that Open Lands will serve as a model to other communities. "We still have a feeling of openness right downtown in Lake Forest, which is wonderful," she says. "The suburbs that I knew when I was growing up are now like living downtown: It's just building after building after building. One day you wake up, and suddenly you can't see the sun anymore. You realize all these invasive things are coming around, and you realize that neighborhoods are shrinking, shrinking, shrinking. There's something wonderful out here that [other suburbs] don't quite have." Jamee remembers discovering Mellody Farm, which had been the former home to J. Odgen Armour; it was acquired by Lake Forest Open Lands Association in the early 1990s and now serves as the Lake Forest Open Lands continued on page 70 MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 066-071_MA_SC_SpiritofGen_Sept_13.indd 68 8/7/13 1:23 PM

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