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Forest, Forest Everywhere. But Not an Acre to Touch.

“The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands,” Article 14 states, adding that the land could not be leased, sold or exchanged.

In 2007, for instance, the Town of Long Lake succeeded in amending the Constitution through a statewide ballot question in order to access one acre of forest preserve for a new drinking well; in return, the town added 12 acres to the preserve.


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