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15THENNOW15OnaweekdaymorningtheNaturalResourceCenteratRussellWoodswasfullofsunlightandthesoundsofsingingbirdswhenwesatdowntospeakwithTerryHannanSuperintendentofDeKalbCountyx19sforestpreserves.Windowsoneverysidegaveusaviewofthethickwoods.Theturtlesshsnakesandothersmallwildlifethatliveinthecenterx19swell-furnishedtanksseemedrightathomeandsodidTerry.HehasheldDeKalbCountyx19sForestPreserveSuperintendentpositionsince1975andfornearlyfortyyearsTerryhasdedicatedhimselftokeepingDeKalbCountyx19sforestpreservescleansafeandbeautiful.ButTerryx19sloveofnaturehasbeenapartofhimformuchlongerthanthat.x1cWhenIwasabout6yearsoldIgotabutterynet.Iremembercatchingbutteriesandmountingthemonaboardx1dsaysTerry.Healsorecallshisfatherx19spromisemadewhiletheyoungTerrywasrecoveringfromaboutofrheumaticfevertoplanttreeswithhiminthebackyardwhentheboygotoutofthehospital.BothhisparentswerenatureloversandsupportedTerryx19semerginginterestinwildlife.TheyoftentookTerryandhisfoursiblingsoncampingandshingtripstothenorthernwoodsofWisconsinandLakeMichiganandthefamilyx19shouseonHollisterAvenueinDeKalbwassurroundedbynature.BackthenHollisterAvenuewasankedbytwohorsefarmsandHopkinsParkandtheKishwaukeeRiverwerejustashortwalkfromhome.WhenTerrywasonly12yearsoldthisidyllicchildhoodwasmarredbytragedy.Hisfatherdiedfromananeurismattheageof36leavingTerryx19smotherMarytoraiseTerryandhissiblings.x1cWehadvechildreninthefamilyandasayoungmothershewasonherownx1dTerrysays.Hisfatherx19sdeathwasanunexpectedblowtothefamilybutTerryx19smotherwashardworkingandsupportivex14andstillis.x1cShex19llbe83nextweek.Shestillcomesouttotheforestpreservesandalsocooksdinnerfortheforestpreservestaffonceaseasonx14herhomemadegoulash.x1dTerryx19scommunitywasalsofullofsupportivemenwhodidtheirbesttopickupwherehisfatherleftoff.x1cMyUncleReubentookmehuntingbeforeIcoulddrive.Afriendofmydadx19sGeorgeJacobsontookmepheasanthunting.TomReinemannwhowasveorsixyearsolderthanmeandalsoworkedsummersattheDeKalbParkDistricttookmeonhuntingandshingexcursionsaroundthecountyandinWisconsinandMichigan.x1dThesummerofhisfatherx19sdeathTerryandaneighborhoodfriendBobKnuuttilasetouttondaproductivewaytospendtheirsummervacation.TheyaskedByronKaiserthenSuperintendentofParksforDeKalbParkDistrictifheneededanysummerhelp.Mr.Kaiserhiredthetwoboysatarateof50centsanhourandfreeswimmingprivileges.x1cWex19dgetupat600a.m.getabroomandthepokerswepickeduppaperswithandcleanupHopkinsPark.Thatturnedintoajuniorhighjobthenahighschoolsummerjobandthenacollegesummerjob.Thatgotmeinterestedinparksandparkmaintenanceasacareerx1dsaysTerry.TerryHannaninhisnaturalhabitat.Terryx19sparentsJerryandMaryHannanhelpedfosterhisloveofnature.Terryx19sDadwithsomehuntingfriends.PheasantswerefromDeKalbCounty.