D. “Dewey” Pierotti brings more than 20 years of dedication to the preservation of natural areas for future generations with him to his service on our Board of Trustees.
Dewey served as president of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County for 20 years and was a DuPage County board member from 1992 to 2000. He served as trustee for the Illinois Association of Park Districts and was chairman/president of the Illinois Association of Conservation Districts and Forest Preserves.
He brings a reputation as a fierce supporter of conservation and protecting the environment, and said he was interested in joining the Foundation’s board after retiring because of its similar commitment. “We have the unique ability in whatever we accomplish to leave a legacy for generations to come,” Pierotti said. “Every piece of property now preserved will be there for my children, my children’s children, and their children for as long as it exists. That’s a heck of a legacy to leave.”
This from a man who already has left an impressive legacy that includes adding 3,000 acres of land to the forest preserve district, opposing a proposed highway through Pratt’s Wayne Woods, establishing partnerships with park districts and municipalities to encourage recreational and education opportunities to residents, and securing more than $65 million in grants and donations to be used for conservation efforts.
Dewey considers the 600-acre acquisition of St. James Farm near Warrenville as one of his greatest accomplishments. Brooks McCormick, one of the original founders of The Conservation Foundation, owned the property and the purchase extended the county’s greenbelt by connecting four forest preserves while protecting the land for perpetuity as McCormick intended.
Along with his wife, Leslie, Dewey established a scholarship fund at the DuPage Foundation in memory of their late son, Paul. The scholarships are for students working in the environmental field with an association to The Conservation Foundation. Since its creation in 2006, area students have received more than $70,000 in scholarships.
Dewey earned his juris doctor degree from DePaul University, College of Law. He and Leslie live in North Aurora. Their daughter, Lynn Boerman, is also a loyal member of The Conservation Foundation and is helping to carry out our Conservation@Home program.