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The City of Chicago Looks to a Green Future

Nature and Wildlife Plan updated and launched by Mayor

Photo Credit: Chicago Park District

On August 18, 2011 Mayor Emanuel joined the Chicago Nature and Wildlife Advisory Committee to launch the Chicago Nature and Wildlife Plan Update: A Strategy to Enhance Urban Ecosystems 2011-2016. This update reviews progress made since the original 2006 Plan and sets priorities for the next five years. The launch of this Plan Update marks Chicago's continued commitment to expand and improve our important urban natural areas through four key strategies: protect and expand natural areas, manage existing natural areas, foster stewardship, and monitor sites and conduct research. It also represents the city's commitment to implementing the Chicago Wilderness Biodiversity Recovery Plan. Urban natural areas are an important opportunity to connect people, especially children, to nature and the physical and emotional benefits of being outdoors. The Committee looks forward to working in collaboration with the Field Museum and many other local and regional partners to increase the visibility and accessibility of Chicago’s natural environment, to foster stewardship, and to make a deeper connection to nature for all who live, work, and play in Chicago.

To download the plan, click here.


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