When you see a nicely landscaped area in the District, you can thank Chris Pollack, Natural Resource Manager for the Woodridge Park District. Chris joined the District in 2009 and is responsible for the natural areas, trees and landscape beds. His daily activities include preparing and managing contracts, planting new trees and landscaping, managing a variety of permits, conducting floristic quality surveys, improving natural areas, managing prescribed burns, pruning and removing trees, and pulling weeds.
One of Chris’ favorite things about working for the Park District is making a difference in the natural areas. Many of these areas contain aggressive, non-native vegetation that choke out the diverse native species that are critical for the survival of our native flora and fauna. “Seeing native trilliums, mayapples, trout lilies and other native wildflowers push through after an area has had non-native weeds removed, lets you know that you are on the right track and is very rewarding,” said Chris.
When Chris isn’t working, he enjoys wine-making, photography, kayaking and travelling. He and his wife are the proud parents of an almost one-year-old son and two cats.