The Chicago Region Trees Initiative's work groups have developed the following projects and programs to work towards achieving our vision that trees will be more healthy, more abundant, more diverse, and more equitably distributed to provide needed benefits to all people and the wildlife that live in the Chicago Region. Click below to learn more about each program.
- Trees: Your Community's Best Investment - released 11/8/2018, Part of the Tree Risk Toolkit, designed to help forestry professionals advocate for tree maintenance support.
- Trees Are Infrastructure - released 6/9/2020
OAKtober- Oak Awareness Month. Oaks represent strength and stature. In fact, the white oak is the Illinois State Tree! These trees work for us by cleaning our air and water, reducing ambient air temperature and usage of energy. They reduce flooding and support our native wildlife. Our oaks, and trees in general, improve our well-being and support a sense of community, but they need our help! Every individual, organization, community, park district, forest preserve, and public or private landowner or manager can play an important role in celebrating oaks and oak ecosystems across Illinois throughout the month of October— OAKtober!
- Oaks Need Our Help brochure. A brochure that shares how homeowners, landowners, and individuals can create a better future for oak trees
Witness Trees of Illinois. Find trees that helped map Illinois! We’re looking for a special kind of witness tree: the historic trees that helped map the state of Illinois. We're asking residents to visit the sites of bearing trees and record information about remaining witness trees left in Illinois, using an interactive map.
- Healthy Brochure Series. Check out these resources for inspriring homeowners and landscape contractors to improve the ecological health of the spaces around them. This series includes Healthy Hedges (to replace invasive hedges in backyards), Healthy Homes (to improve the health and conservation practices in your yard), and Healthy Habitats (management practices for large properties).