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About Lake Forest Open Lands
Since its establishment in 1967, Lake Forest Open Lands, the first accredited land trust in Illinois, has acquired, preserved and maintained some of the finest natural habitats in our region including prairies, savannas, ravines and wetlands. Over 16 miles of walking trails and 8, soon to be 10, nature preserves are open to the public year-round. Lake Forest Open Lands Association’s vision is to engage and expand the public’s commitment to land preservation and conservation, and the organization offers robust engagement programming to connect all people to nature. As an independent conservation land trust, LFOLA is supported solely by voluntary contributions, including membership dues and donations and receives no local or state government funding to support its day-to-day operations.
At LFOLA we strive to engage and expand our community’s commitment to land preservation and conservation. Our mission statement states: We are an independently funded conservation and educational organization devoted to the acquisition and stewardship of our natural landscapes, and to ensuring all generations have a meaningful, lasting connection to nature. As such, every team member at LFOLA is considered a leader who embraces the role they have been assigned and encourages colleagues to be their best through effective communication, collaboration and shared values. We are self-starters and are flexible to the ever-changing circumstances. We operate from a place of integrity, trust, and personal responsibility with the goal of representing LFOLA in a positive way. We have mutual respect for one another and use discretion in all business dealings and communication.
Policy of Non-Discrimination
LFOLA is committed to equal opportunity employment. We are proud to maintain personnel policies based upon the individual’s qualifications, merits and achievements. All employment decisions are made without discriminating with regard to race, color, religion, political affiliation, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status or physical or mental disabilities or any other factors protected by law.
It is the policy of LFOLA to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Illinois Human Rights Act and all other applicable state and federal labor laws. LFOLA will not discriminate against any qualified employee because of that person’s physical or mental disability. LFOLA will also make reasonable accommodations wherever necessary for all employees or applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the essential duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not impose an undue hardship on LFOLA.