The Morton Arboretum awarded Openlands' 2017 Conservation Leadership Award

Arboretum staff accept an award for conservation
Gerard T. Donnelly, PhD, President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum, speaks at the Openlands' luncheon. Lydia Scott, Director of Chicago Region Trees Initiative, and fellow advocate Joe Rothleutner, with this year's 2017 Conservation Leadership Award.
November 27, 2017

Chicago-based Openlands recently recognized The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative with its 2017 Conservation Leadership Award. The honor was awarded during the conservation-focused nonprofit’s 2017 Annual Luncheon on November 9 at the Hilton Chicago, a fundraising event that raised nearly $350,000 for the regional organization.

Spearheaded by The Morton Arboretum, the Chicago Region Trees Initiative is a multi-faceted and collaborative partnership of Chicago-area organizations, including Openlands, focused on protecting and expanding the treescape throughout a seven-county region. Established in 2013, CRTI works to develop and implement a strategy that builds a healthier and more diverse urban forest by 2040.

The largest effort of its kind in the United States, CRTI works with leading national, state, regional and local agencies to make a significant, measurable improvement to the regional forest and the lives of its inhabitants.