Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President D. “Dewey” Pierotti, Jr., the longest-serving president in Forest Preserve history, is retiring at the end of the year after 20 years of service.
Under Dewey’s leadership, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has run two successful open space referendum campaigns, yielding nearly $145 million which they have spent on key natural land acquisitions such as St. James Farm. The Conservation Foundation was honored to supervise both of those campaigns.
Among Dewey’s many notable achievements is the historic separation of the Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners from the County Board, accomplished through a change in state law in 2002. Another standout project under Dewey’s leadership is the extensive thorium cleanup and habitat restoration project completed on the West Branch DuPage River.
Our President/CEO Brook McDonald said this of President Pierotti: “Dewey has been a steadfast guardian of our forest preserves. He made sure the forest preserves remained ‘forest preserves’ so future generations will be able to enjoy them.”
Please join us in honoring Dewey and his tremendous efforts to preserve the natural heritage of DuPage County over the last 20 years at our Fall Membership Dinner being held on November 12th at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. Click here for more details and registration information.