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Middle Fork River Forest Preserve earns Dark Sky designation

Back in January, I spoke with the folks at Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Middle Fork, and the C-U Astronomical Society about their plans to pursue the designation from the International Dark-Sky Association, the authority on light pollution. Now, they’ve officially earned it after a long process of replacing lighting in the park to reduce the amount of light pollution. Middle Fork will be the first park in Illinois to become a Dark Sky Park. 

There will be an official celebration this spring during International Dark Sky Week, March 31-April 6. You can also expect to see more collaboration between the CCFPD and CUAS to bring more star-gazing events to the park. 

You can read more about the designation here

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