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Nature Bulletin No. 46   De3cember 29, 1945
Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Clayton F. Smith, President
Roberts Mann, Superintendent of Conservation

On and after June 30, 1946, no person shall ride any horse on any driveway, roadway, path or trail within the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois, unless such person has a rider's license and a license has been issued for such horse, under the provisions of an ordinance recently adopted by the Board of Forest Preserve Commissioners.

Each rider's license is good for three years and costs 50 cents. Such license may be revoked for a period of not less than 30 days nor more than one year when the licensee conducts himself or herself in such a manner, while a rider in the Forest Preserve District, as to injure or endanger the person or property of any other person, or the property of the Forest Preserve District.

The license for each horse is good for one year one and costs $5.00. The application must state the owner's name and address, and a description of the horse. A license certificate am numbered identification tag are furnished, and the latter must be securely attached to the upper left-hand side of the bridle, halter or hackamore..

Riders shall use only such highways, roadways, trails or paths within the Forest Preserve District as shall be designated for equestrian travel, and in accordance with the ordinances of the District. The General Superintendent has the right to issue, from time to time, administrative regulations supplementary to the ordinance. Violations are punishable by fines not less than $1.00 nor more than $50.00 for each offense. All fees collected from licensing shall be kept in a separate fund and used only for paying the costs of administering the ordinance, patrolling the trails with mounted rangers, and repairing and maintaining the trails used for equestrian travel.

More than 80 riding stables have been established on private property adjacent to the preserves since the construction of its 170 miles of trails. Their 4000 horses, ridden over those trails in all weather, have created a maintenance problem requiring heavy expenditure of men, equipment and funds. wild "cowboy" riding and riding off the trails, through the woodlands and picnic areas, have created such hazards and such destruction that the need for regulation became imperative.

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