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How President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Would Create Green Jobs and Support Our Tree Canopy

In his first few months in office, President Joe Biden has set goals to protect the nation’s public lands and fortify the country against climate change. Learn more about how Biden’s infrastructure plan will create green jobs and support a more robust tree canopy.

New Tree Census from the Morton Arboretum Shows Millions of Ash Trees Died In Past 10 Years

Openlands TreeKeeper Shirley Davis was on the front page of the Chicago Tribune. Shirley and other TreeKeepers were interviewed for a story on the recent tree census, which showed that in the last 10 years, millions of ash trees have died and invasive buckthorn makes up 36% of the Chicago region’s trees.

How A New Civilian Conservation Corps Will Benefit Illinois’ Infrastructure In The Chicago Tribune

Openlands helped shape the Renew Conservation Corps legislation with Senator Dick Durbin, which would create green jobs for young people and result in revamped infrastructure, reforestation, and ecosystem restoration? A new Conservation Corps, included in President Biden’s infrastructure plan, would mimic President Roosevelt’s New Deal program, which employed 3 million men and left a legacy across the country in parks, preserves, and national parks.