Lisa Mende is an Arborist Apprentice at Openlands and works with the forestry team to learn and understand the proper standards of being an arborist. Lisa knows that urban forests are an important part of any metropolitan area, especially in Chicago. Trees are an important asset of cities to increase the health of residents and the native flora and fauna. Knowledgeable, trained arborists are needed to ensure a healthy and productive landscape. Lisa previously worked as an ecological restoration intern for the Village of Glenview. Her work there for three summers consisted of removing invasive species from natural areas, planting native forbs, writing and editing grant applications, creating maps for the public, and engaging with residents about their trees and Glenview’s native landscape. Lisa was also the student representative of her university’s campus tree committee for two years. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s in environmental science from Northwestern University.
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