Openlands 2017 Annual Luncheon

For more than 50 years, Openlands has forged coalitions and partnerships to rise to the challenges facing our green region. The Openlands 2017 Annual Luncheon will examine the vitality of our region’s urban forest as we honor our allies and celebrate with friends. Join us.

November 9, 2017
10:30am to noon, networking reception
Noon to 1:30pm, luncheon and program

Hilton Chicago
720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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Conservation Leadership Award Recipient: The Morton Arboretum and Chicago Region Trees Initiative

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The Chicago region’s urban forest is a critical asset that needs protection.

As the champion of trees, The Morton Arboretum is committed to scientifically-informed action, locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world. The Arboretum led the development of a unique collaborative partnership of Chicago-area organizations, including Openlands, to build a healthier and more diverse urban forest. The resulting Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is the largest such effort in the country, with leading national, state, regional, and local agencies working together to expand the understanding of the value of trees in the seven-county area.

Thanks to the Arboretum’s leadership and stewardship, work is addressing key issues facing trees and producing funding, knowledge, skills, and expertise leading to meaningful tree and forest improvements in the region.

Keynote Speaker: Ed Collins, McHenry County Conservation District

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Ed Collins is Director of Land Preservation and Natural Resources with the McHenry County Conservation District, administering restoration and land preservation efforts on 25,000 acres of open space. During his thirty-one years with the Conservation District, he has been involved in many major projects including the re-meandering of Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park, the development of the first comprehensive spatial mapping of oak loss in the region, which inspired the Oak Ecosystems Recovery Plan, and most recently playing an instrumental role in the creation of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.


Thank you to our generous sponsors

Emerald Sponsors

Negaunee Foundation


Platinum Sponsors


Connie & Tony Bischof

Shaun & Andy Block


Jeanine & Andrew McNally, IV

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Gold Sponsors

Jill Allread, Public Communications, Inc.

Bartlett Tree Experts

BMO Harris Bank

Bobolink Foundation


Christy Webber Landscapes

Draper and Kramer, Inc.

Mission + Strategy Consulting

Heidi Natura, Living Habitats

J. Timothy Ritchie

Ventas, Inc.

U.S. Bank

West Monroe Partners

Read more about past Openlands Annual Luncheons. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities please contact or call 312.863.6261.