Robert Megquier is the Executive Vice President at Openlands and works with leadership, staff, and board to develop and advance impactful land conservation strategies. Bob’s work sits at the intersection of policy, planning, land acquisition, and ecological restoration that take place at all sizes, from a neighborhood park to a national wildlife refuge. This work takes him throughout the greater Chicago region where he works with land conservation partners, government agencies, and individuals. Bob believes that nature can thrive at all scales and that conservation initiatives must embrace equity at their core – that nature, close to home, is vital to all people. Bob oversees a wide range of projects including the acquisition and restoration of over 1,000 acres of land in the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, management of the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, and community-driven projects that provide public access to the lands and waters of the Calumet region. Bob holds a degree in landscape architecture and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He was the recipient of the City of Chicago’s Kathy Osterman Award for Superior Public Service and the Distinguished Landscape Architecture Alumni from Purdue University.
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