Recent News

The Importance of Grassland Ecoystems for Climate Resilience

Not only are Illinois’ grasslands beautiful locations to visit and enjoy, but grasslands are essential ecosystems in our region whose existence is essential for preserving plant and wildlife biodiversity. Restoring and expanding grasslands is more important than ever, as prairies are powerful carbon sinks that can help our region become more resilient to the effects of climate change through carbon sequestration, flood control, and habitat protection.

Four Key Takeaways from the Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act is a large legislative package that contains a number of provisions for healthcare, taxation, and climate. To make it easier to navigate, we’ve broken down the four key takeaways from the passage of this historic climate legislation that Openlanders need to know:

Reconnecting People to Nature in the Calumet Region

Openlands has taken an active role in connecting communities of the Calumet Region with the beautiful woods and wetlands available for recreation through the first-ever African American Heritage Water Trail Paddling and Interpretation Training internship program and advocacy around opening up Lake Calumet to the public.