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.