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.
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.
Hackmatack is the first National Wildlife Refuge within 100 miles of Chicago. Cutting support of the National Wildlife Refuges will rob us of our right to enjoy America’s public lands.
The Illinois & Michigan National Heritage Corridor, along with the proposed Calumet National Heritage Area and the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area will lose all federal support.
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.