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Friday, September 24, 2010

Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie

They've renamed the prairie preserve in the former Glenview Naval Air Station after my fellow churchman and neighbor, community activist Kent Fuller. Since Kent was particularly instrumental in saving this prairie, this is particularly appropriate. Here's the blurb from the village newsletter.

Air Station Prairie Gets a New Name

This week, the Village and Glenview Park District Boards both passed resolutions to re-name the 32-acre Air Station Prairie at Lehigh and Compass the Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie. Fuller, a long-time Glenview resident, recently stepped down from his role as Chairperson of the Village's Natural Resource Commission, capping off more than 30 years of public service.

Fuller began serving on the Village Plan Commission in 1968, going on to be elected as Village Trustee, where he served from 1989-2001. He was a member of the Village's Comprehensive Plan Review Committee in the early 2000's, and played a key role in establishing the NRC, serving as its founding Chairperson from 2003 to the present.

Through it all, Fuller's passion for Glenview's "green infrastructure" was evident, and over the years he has played a role in preserving and protecting the Grove, the river, Techny Basin, and former farmland at the Glenview Naval Air Station that eventually became the prairie.

Now, the prairie will bear his name as a lasting testament to his many contributions to the Village.