Chicago, IL (November 1, 1993)- Openlands, founded in 1963, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing public open space in northeastern Illinois. Openlands is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful urban conservation organizations. To date, Openlands has taken leadership roles in securing more than 45,000 acres of land in the Chicago area for public parks, forest preserves, land and water greenway corridors, and urban gardens.
Openlands conducts its work through three program divisions- Greenways, Policy, Urban Greening and a special initiative program, Corporatelands- and in cooperation with its affiliate land acquisition organization, CorLands.
* Greenways – Through the work of its Greenways program division, Openlands weaves a web of green to tie the region together. They work with local governments and the public to develop effective watershed management techniques. Greenways staff also train and support StreamLeader volunteers.
* Policy – Through legislative action, policy research and analysis, and facilitation of citizen activism, the Openlands Policy program division is at the forefront of open space advocacy in our region. Openlands provides technical and policy expertise while working with public officials and the general public to create better laws, bolster public financial support, and build a stronger constituency for the preservation of open space.
* Urban Greening – In urban neighborhoods, Openlands provides technical and community organizing assistance for open space planning and neighborhood greening through its Urban Greening program division. Urban Greening staff also train and support hundreds of TreeKeeper volunteers who care for the urban forest.
* Corporatelands – The Corporatelands Program is designed to provide outreach and technical assistance to corporations interested in natural landscaping and natural stormwater management techniques on their campuses.
* CorLands – As Openlands’ real estate affiliate organization, CorLands works with local governments and private landowners to preserve key land parcels through acquisition and conservation easements.
For more information, visit Openlands.