Jens Jensen Preserve, also known as Deer Grove East, is a popular forest preserve for hikers, joggers, and bird watchers alike – it is truly a place where plants, wildlife, and people can thrive.
Deer Grove West is the inaugural piece of land that was acquired by the Forest Preserves of Cook County nearly 100 years ago. Since then, it has served as an oasis for a wide array of species native to our region.
Openlands has formed various partnerships under the O’Hare Modernization Program to play an integral role in the restoration of these preserves.
Location: Cook County, Illinois
Funding Source: O’Hare Modernization Mitigation Account (OMMA)
Owner & land manager: Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Size of project site: 180 acres
Partners: Audubon Great Lakes, Chicago Department of Aviation, Chicago District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Deer Grove Natural Areas Volunteers.