Openlands Urban Forestry programs work on dynamic levels to enact change in individuals, communities, and public policy in the city and region. Policy and advocacy like the Urban Forestry Advisory Board create larger structural opportunities to increase access to the health, community, and economic benefits that trees provide. Partnership and strategic initiatives like the Chicago Region Trees Initiative create long term collaboration that extend Openlands work to the entire Chicago region.
The Urban Forestry Advisory Board would establish a board of experts and policymakers to guide the City’s urban forest management policies.
Openlands is a proud partner of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative, which seeks to coordinate action on key issues facing trees.
The Morton Arboretum and Openlands have partnered to launch Tree-mendous Tree Stories, an online collection of curated stories highlighting people’s connections to trees.