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From Enraged to Engaged: Harnessing Volunteers to Achieve Policy Changes

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From Enraged to Engaged: Harnessing Volunteers to Achieve Policy Changes

  1. 1. Al De Reu TreeKeepers Program Manager From Enraged to Engaged: Harnessing Volunteers to Achieve Policy Changes November 15, 2022
  2. 2. Table of Contents What is Openlands? Who are TreeKeepers? Background: Openlands Forestry History Passing the Urban Forestry Advisory Board Takeaways
  3. 3. “Hello, Openlands…”
  4. 4. Openlands Mission: Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.
  5. 5. TK Course Content: TK Activities: Broad Instruction on Trees & Tree Care New Content: • Trees and Climate Change • Invasive Species • Oak Ecosystem Recovery • 2020 Regional Tree Census • Spanish Course Introduction to Urban Forestry & Careers Advocacy! Prune, Mulch, & Plant Lead Tree Walks Join & Establish TreeKeeper Chapters Organize Their own Events Openlands TreeKeepers:
  6. 6. 1983: Chicago Named “Tree City USA” 1986: Openlands’ Policy Research Reveals 100,000 Trees Lost in 10-Year Period 1987: Openlands Launches Neighborwoods 1989: Mayor Daley’s Tree Planting & Tree Education Efforts 1991: TreeKeepers founded; Industry Professionals such as George Ware and Larry Hall Serve as Instructors. Openlands Forestry Timeline
  7. 7. 1998: ALB Detected in Chicago 2006: EAB Detected 2011: Chicago’s Department of the Environment Eliminated 2013: Openlands starts receiving calls about suspicious tree removals, poor tree trimming, and other issues. 2014: 13th & 23rd Wards: Healthy Tree Removals Openlands Forestry Timeline
  8. 8. 2016: Openlands Begins Tree Board Research 2017: Brooks Park Hockey Rink Tree Removals 2018: Andersonville Tree Removals for Water Dept Work Logan Square Street Trees Damaged 2019: Openlands Starts Advocacy Workshops 2020: August Derecho Storm Openlands UFAB Task Force Openlands Forestry Timeline
  9. 9. Winter 2020 - 2021: Openlands Ramps up UFAB Advocacy Early 2021: Ward Advocates, Alderpeople Responses UFAB Ordinance Stuck in Committee June 2021: UFAB Passes City Council 49-0 November 2022: UFAB Members Sent to Mayor for Approval Openlands UFAB Timeline
  10. 10. Sustained Effort: Think Long Game! Utilize Trained Volunteers, Provide Resources Work With Elected Officials Reach out to the Media Track Progress Takeaways:
  11. 11. THANK YOU! Adereu@openlands.org Openlands.org

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