As Chicago’s regional land trust, Openlands has helped to protect more than 55,000 acres in northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region, with projects such as the 77-acre Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, the 19,000-acre Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, or the more than 2,500 acres placed under conservation easements.
Nationally, land trusts are driving a movement to protect and conserve private land for public benefit. By working with land owners and communities, over 56 million acres of land have been protected by land trusts and these lands have attracted over 6 million visitors. Across the country land trusts work to protect natural areas and wildlife habitats, high-quality water sources, and working farms and ranches.
Openlands has been a Land Trust Alliance Member since 1983, and in 2013, Openlands was accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. As an accredited land trust, we apply best practices in land protection transactions and offer decades of experience in conserving the green spaces of the Chicago Wilderness region for all to enjoy.
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