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Forest Preserve District Of Cook County
The Forest
Forest
Preserve District of Cook County
Cook County
is a governmental commission in Cook County, Illinois, that owns and manages the Cook County Forest
Forest
Preserves. The preserves are a network of open spaces, containing forest, prairie, wetland, streams, and lakes, that are mostly set aside as natural areas. Cook County
Cook County
contains Chicago, and is the center of a densely populated urban metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois. The Forest
Forest
Preserves encompass approximately 68,000 acres (275 km²) of open space within the urban surroundings of Chicago
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Governmental Organization
A government or state agency, often an appointed commission, is a permanent or semi-permanent organization in the machinery of government that is responsible for the oversight and administration of specific functions, such as an intelligence agency. There is a notable variety of agency types. Although usage differs, a government agency is normally distinct both from a department or ministry, and other types of public body established by government. The functions of an agency are normally executive in character, since different types of organizations (such as commissions) are most often constituted in an advisory role—this distinction is often blurred in practice however. A government agency may be established by either a national government or a state government within a federal system. The term is not normally used for an organization created by the powers of a local government body. Agencies can be established by legislation or by executive powers
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United States National Monument
A national monument in the United States
United States
is a protected area that is similar to a national park, but can be created from any land owned or controlled by the federal government[a] by proclamation of the President of the United States. National monuments can be managed by one of several federal agencies: the National Park Service, United States
United States
Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(in the case of marine national monuments). Historically, some national monuments were managed by the War Department.[1] National monuments can be so designated through the power of the Antiquities Act
Antiquities Act
of 1906
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National Natural Landmark
The National Natural Landmarks (NNL) Program recognizes and encourages the conservation of outstanding examples of the natural history of the United States.[1] It is the only national natural areas program that identifies and recognizes the best examples of biological and geological features in both public and private ownership. The program was established on May 18, 1962, by United States
United States
Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall. The program aims to encourage and support voluntary preservation of sites that illustrate the geological and ecological history of the United States. It also hopes to strengthen the public's appreciation of the country's natural heritage
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Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project
Manhattan Project
was a research and development undertaking during World War II
World War II
that produced the first nuclear weapons. It was led by the United States
United States
with the support of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Canada. From 1942 to 1946, the project was under the direction of Major General Leslie Groves
Leslie Groves
of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Oppenheimer
was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory that designed the actual bombs. The Army component of the project was designated the Manhattan District; "Manhattan" gradually superseded the official codename, Development of Substitute Materials, for the entire project. Along the way, the project absorbed its earlier British counterpart, Tube Alloys
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North American River Otter
see textSynonyms Lutra
Lutra
canadensisThe North American
North American
river otter ( Lontra
Lontra
canadensis), also known as the northern river otter or the common otter, is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to the North American
North American
continent found in and along its waterways and coasts. An adult North American
North American
river otter can weigh between 5.0 and 14 kg (11.0 and 30.9 lb). The river otter is protected and insulated by a thick, water-repellent coat of fur. The North American
North American
river otter, a member of the subfamily Lutrinae
Lutrinae
in the weasel family (Mustelidae), is equally versatile in the water and on land. It establishes a burrow close to the water's edge in river, lake, swamp, coastal shoreline, tidal flat, or estuary ecosystems
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Des Plaines River Trail
The Des Plaines River
Des Plaines River
Trail
Trail
is a recreational multiuse trail that follows the course of the Des Plaines River
Des Plaines River
through most of Lake and part of Cook County in northeast Illinois
Illinois
in the United States. Trail
Trail
uses include hiking/walking, bicycling, equestrian, and even winter cross country skiing and snowmobiling (conditions permitting). Since much of the trail lies in the flood plain along the Des Plaines River, sections of the trail are occasionally closed due to flooding during periods of heavy rain
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Sauk Trail Woods
Sauk Trail Woods are located within the Cook County Forest Preserves in Park Forest and Chicago Heights, Illinois. They are part of the Thorn Creek Trail System. They contain miles of paved bike trails and off-trail dirt paths. Sauk Trail Woods contains Sauk Lake and Thorn Creek. The topography is fairly hilly, featuring ravines and steep, eroded hillsides. The elevation is the highest on the outskirts of the preserve. Then, as one goes into the Thorn Creek River Valley, you descend steep hills and sandy bluffs. There is an abundance of ravines that have been cut by creeks flowing into the valley. Many of the ravines are surprisingly deep near the bottom of the valley. Most of the Sauk Trail Woods Preserve is covered by dense woods, however there are some open prairie areas. In the northwest section of the woods, there is a fairly large marsh, that is surrounded by thick pompus grass and shallow bogs
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Federal Government Of The United States
House of RepresentativesSpeaker Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan
(R)Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R)Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
(D)Co
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National Historic Sites (United States)
A National Historic Site (NHS) is a protected area of national historic significance in the United States. An NHS usually contains a single historical feature directly associated with its subject. A related but separate designation, the National Historical Park
National Historical Park
(NHP), is an area that generally extends beyond single properties or buildings, and its resources include a mix of historic and sometimes significant natural features. As of 2015, there are 50 NHPs and 90 NHSs. Most NHPs and NHSs are managed by the National Park Service
National Park Service
(NPS). Some federally designated sites are owned by local authorities or privately owned, but are authorized to request assistance from the NPS as affiliated areas
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Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
preserves the Springfield, Illinois
Illinois
home and a historic district where Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
lived from 1844 to 1861, before becoming the 16th President of the United States. The presidential memorial includes the four blocks surrounding the home and a visitor center.Contents1 Historic site 2 Neighborhood 3 References and notes 4 External linksHistoric site[edit] In 1837, Lincoln moved to Springfield from New Salem at the start of his law career. He met his wife, Mary Todd, at her sister's home in Springfield and married there in 1842. The historic-site house, purchased by Lincoln and his wife in 1844, was the only home that Lincoln ever owned. Their children, four sons, were born there and one, Eddie, died there. Located at the corner of Eighth and Jackson Streets, the house contains twelve rooms spread over two floors
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Pullman National Monument
Pullman National Monument, also known as The Pullman District and Pullman Historic District, is located in Chicago
Chicago
and was the first model, planned industrial community in the United States.[2] The district is significant for its historical origins in the Pullman Company, one of the most famous company towns in the United States, and scene of the violent 1894 Pullman strike. It was built for George Pullman as a place to produce the famous Pullman sleeping cars.[3] Originally built beyond the Chicago
Chicago
city limits, it is now in what is the Pullman community area of Chicago, the district includes the Pullman factory and also the Hotel Florence, named after George Pullman's daughter. Also within the district is the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, named for the prominent leader A
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Golf Course
A golf course is the grounds where the game of golf is played. It comprises a series of holes, each consisting of a teeing ground, a fairway, the rough and other hazards, and a green with a flagstick ("pin") and hole ("cup"). A standard round of golf consists of 18 holes.[1] Most courses contain 18 holes; some share fairways or greens, and a subset has nine holes, played twice per round. Par-3 courses consist of nine or 18 holes all of which have a par of three strokes. Many older courses are links, often coastal. Courses are private, public, and municipally owned, and typically feature a pro shop
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United States National Forest
National Forest
Forest
is a classification of protected and managed federal lands in the United States. National Forests are largely forest and woodland areas owned collectively by the American people through the federal government, and managed by the United States
United States
Forest
Forest
Service, a division of the United States
United States
Department of Agriculture.Contents1 History 2 Geography 3 Management 4 See also 5 External linksHistory[edit] The National Forest
Forest
System was created by the Land Revision Act of 1891, which was signed under the presidency of Benjamin Harrison. It was the result of concerted action by Los Angeles-area businessmen and property owners who were concerned by the harm being done to the watershed of the San Gabriel Mountains
San Gabriel Mountains
by ranchers and miners
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Shawnee National Forest
The Shawnee National Forest
Shawnee National Forest
is a United States
United States
National Forest located in the Ozark and Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois, United States. Administered by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, it consists of approximately 280,000 acres (1,100 km²) of federally managed lands. In descending order of land area it is located in parts of Pope, Jackson, Union, Hardin, Alexander, Saline, Gallatin, Johnson, and Massac counties.[1] Forest headquarters are located in Harrisburg, Illinois. There are local ranger district offices in Jonesboro and Vienna.[2] The Shawnee National Forest
Shawnee National Forest
is also the single largest publicly owned body of land in the state of Illinois.Contents1 History 2 Geology 3 Wilderness areas 4 Coinage 5 Eclipse viewing 6 References 7 External linksHistory[edit] Designated as the Illini and Shawnee Purchase Units, President Franklin D
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National Wildlife Refuge
National Wildlife Refuge
National Wildlife Refuge
System is a designation for certain protected areas of the United States
United States
managed by the United States
United States
Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge
National Wildlife Refuge
System is the system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants
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