Advocacy

Openlands needs your voice in support of the open spaces and natural resources of the Chicago metropolitan region. The campaigns below include information and resources you can use to contact your elected leaders, asking them to make conservation a priority.

Federal: Protect the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are the largest surface source of freshwater in the world, providing drinking water to 30 million Americans. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is an eight-state, bi-national, bipartisan effort to protect the Great Lakes.

Federal: Restore Funding for Urban Forestry

Chicago’s urban forest is vital to the health and wellness of our city. Trees provide essential economic services, improve the quality of life for residents and wildlife, mitigate the threats of climate change to our region, and help to beautify our neighborhoods and parks.