1PM Targeted Acquisition Planning: Southeast Cook County Land Acquisition Plan (Planning & Policy)
Targeted Acquisition Planning: Southeast Cook County Land AcquisitionPlan (Planning & Policy)
The Forest Preserves of Cook County owns and manages nearly 70,000 acres but has ambitions goals to acquire more land in a strategic way. Learn how the Plan advances the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision adds new health and social vulnerability data and focus group feedback to identify and prioritize opportunities. The Plan also includes a concise case statement on the benefits of land protection relating to health, climate resiliency, economic development and ecosystem services and non-traditional implementation strategies that may be useful to other organizations with land acquisition goals.
Chris Slattery, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Emy Brawley, The Conservation Fund - Midwest
Sonya Lewis, Rudd Resources
Chloe Gurin-Sands, Metropolitan Planning Council
Chip O'Leary, Forest Preserves of Cook County
2PM. Bridging Diverse Organizations to Help Children Learn, Heal & Grow in Nature (Communities)
Recognizing that the health of our ecosystems is deeply connected to the health of our children, this panel explores the ways that diverse organizations across the Chicago Wilderness region create opportunities for children to learn, heal, and grow in nature. We hope to inspire other nature organizations to engage in new community partnerships, and re-imagine their roles in the communities that they serve. This panel features a diverse set of organizations who are successfully collaborating with their communities.
Dani Abboud, Manager of Community Programs & Partnerships, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
Kimberly Waller, Cool Learning Experience
Jonathan Arenas, Lake County Public Health Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services
Debra Williams, The Nature Conservancy Indian Boundary Prairies