Our alliances make protecting nature possible.

Openlands works collaboratively with diverse regional and national partners to protect nature for all. We are proud to lead and serve on coalitions and alliances at the forefront of forestry, conservation, and environmental policy, protecting land, water, and wildlife for generations to come.

Alliance for Community Trees

Alliance for Community Trees

Openlands is a member of the Alliance for Community Trees, a network of community-based organizations dedicated to improving the livability of their towns and cities through planting and caring for trees.

Chicago Region Trees Initiative

Openlands and The Morton Arboretum founded the Chicago Region Trees Initiative in 2014 with a vision of working together with organizations and individuals to develop and implement strategies for a healthier, more diverse, more equitable urban forest by 2050.

Chicago Wilderness Alliance

Openlands is a proud founding member of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance, a regional collaborative of hundreds of organizations and individuals working to implement landscape-scale approaches to conservation in and around the southern shores of Lake Michigan including members from Southeast Wisconsin, Northeast Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southwest Michigan.

Illinois Environmental Council

Illinois Environmental Council is a state-wide coalition of environmental advocates and organizations that advance public policies that create healthy environments across Illinois.

Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance is a coalition of nearly 950 land conservancies  across the country, including Openlands. Together, the Alliance protects working lands and the livelihoods that go with them, secures wildlife habitat, clean drinking water, carbon-storing forests, and so much more.
The City of Chicago Our Roots Chicago Program

Our Roots Chicago

City data shows that our urban tree canopy is not equally distributed across Chicago. The City of Chicago is working to reverse this trend through Our Roots Chicago, a program with an historic commitment to greatly expand the City’s tree planting operations by planting 75,000 trees over the next five years.

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Prairie State Conservation Coaltion

Prairie State Conservation Coalition is a statewide, not-for-profit association that works to strengthen the effectiveness of conservation land trusts in Illinois. 

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