Jeff Wehrli

Jeff Wehrli of Oswego has joined The Conservation Foundation's Board of Trustees after retiring as Kendall County Forest Preserve president for six years.

Jeff served on the Kendall County Board for a total of 13 year, also serving as a forest preserve commissioner during that time. He worked with the assistance of The Conservation Foundation to pass two referenda totaling $50 million, which was used to purchase and improve Kendall County forest preserves.

After retiring last year,Jeffi said he didn’t want to stop all the good things that had been accomplished in Kendall County.

“I want to see it continue, and The Conservation Foundation is an obvious way to do that and help out different communities,” he said. “If I can help out with that I’d be happy.”

Jeff grew up in Naperville, where the Wehrli name goes back generations. He said the subdivision he grew up in included large wooded lots. He remembers he had two rules as a kid: lunch is at noon and dinner is at six. He said he would like his granddaughter to enjoy the outdoors as he did as a child.

After working for his uncle in excavating while still in high school, he realized he wanted to continue in the field, so he started Jeff Wehrli Excavating in 1985.

Jeff lives in Oswego with his wife Barb and they have two grown children.