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New Direction for Chicago Wilderness: One Regional Strategy Through Focused Efforts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  

Chicago Wilderness announces a new regional strategy to protect, improve and expand natural resources: one region. one vision. one voice. Building on a strong, 20 year foundation, the alliance will organize around areas of expertise to achieve maximum impact for our region's nature and people. 

In the fall of 2014, Chicago Wilderness launched a process to identify these areas. With a focus on data-driven strategy and measurable results, more than 100 member organizations participated in developing the following six focus areas to be pursued over the next five years:

  • Oak Ecosystems: ensuring a future for oaks and their ecosystems
  • Priority Species: sustaining our region's critical species
  • Water as a Resource: addressing regional water issues through conservation action
  • Landowners: engaging landowners in conservation actions
  • Public Engagement: building and sustaining a broad, representative, and active constituency
  • Data & Member Tools: applying technology and data to accelerate collaboration

By aligning these cross-disciplinary efforts, Chicago Wilderness will drive conservation action that addresses regional challenges and inspires meaningful change.