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Our Work

Chicago Wilderness is focusing on critical conservation issues to achieve greatest regional impact. Using a cross-functional approach, the following six Focus Areas will yield measurable, relevant, robust results over the next five years.

By connecting leaders in conservation, health, business, and beyond, we tackle challenging issues to ensure a resilient region and highest quality of life.

Oak Ecosystems

Ensuring a future for oaks and their ecosystems

Oak trees are a key source of biodiversity across the region and need our help preserve and expand their population.

Priority Species

Conserving a targeted group of species to benefit our region's lands and waters 

By focusing collectively on this group of species, we aim to improve their health and habitats.

Water as a Resource

Addressing regional water issues through conservation action

Water is our most vital resource and our ultimate connector. We work together to solve water related challenges.


Engaging landowners
in conservation

Many natural areas are owned by individuals, private institutions, and businesses who can help take conservation action.

Beyond the Choir

Actively engaging cultural, generational, economic, and geographic diversity
of our region

Millions of people call this region home. We reach beyond the choir to create and sustain a strong conservation constituency.

Data & Member Tools

Applying technology & data to accelerate collaboration

Shared regional data drives our collective work, and online technology enables member collaboration.