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Excellence in Ecological Restoration Awards

The Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program application period for the 2016-2017 awards is currently closed.  

The Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program (EERP) recognizes large, high-quality natural areas and the organizations that manage them.

The deadline for applications was May 27, 2016. Applications may only be submitted by the legal owner of the site; however, partners may assist in completing the application for the agency/organization.



EERP Manual

Online Application

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Application Fee Payment ($100 for members; $300 for nonmembers)


All nominated sites must meet the following qualifications:

  • Located in the Chicago Wilderness Region 
  • Contain a natural area with a remnant resource and/or recreation resource that is more than 100 acres; 
  • Owned, or otherwise protected, by a public agency or private organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting lands with significant natural resources;
  • Actively managed for at least the last five years
  • Have a management plan in place


View the 2014 and 2013 EERP recipients.   


Questions? Please contact Chicago Wilderness at