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2018 Partner Recognition Celebration and Master Plan Launch

Check out pictures form our event here, taken by photographer Elliot Powell.

Check out our Master Plan here.

Check out the CRTI Story Map here.

Check out our Managing Trees video (presented by the Tree Risk Assessment and Management Work Group) here.

Check out PDFs of our presentations here:

    1. Slideshow of 2018 accomplishments

    2. CRTI Master Plan- Lydia Scott, Nicole Cavender, Steve Lane, J. Eric Smith, Shelia Porter, Anthony Dati, and Jim Anderson

    3. Keynote: Branching Out: Forging Novel Partnerships to Inspire the Care of Our Trees - Dr. Nalini Nadkarni

    4. Cities4Forests- International Collaboration in Support of Trees- John-Rob Poole

    5. CRTI Awardee slideshow


Winners of our 2018 Urban Forestry Awards are:

The Imani Village Green Health Advocates are receiving the Partnership Award for working collaboratively to train the next generation of stewards, track the health of trees in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago, and engage the residents on the value of trees. Partners in this initiative include Imani Village, Trinity United Church of Christ, The Nature Conservancy, UIC, Gary Cormer Youth Center, and Advocate Health.



Fred Maier, Village of Itasca Volunteer Coordinator, is receiving the Community Stewardship Award for his efforts leading volunteers and clearing invasive species from public areas.

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The Catatoga Property Owners Association are receiving the Private Natural Areas Award for their stewardship and community advocacy of the 50 shared acres at Catatoga. With limited funds and help, this team of residents convinced other property owners in the association to participate in stewardship days and increased use and usability of the shared natural areas.



The Village of Hawthorn Woods is receiving the Public Natural Areas Award for their efforts in restoring the new Briarwoods Preserve, plus promoting a habitat for the monarch Butterfly and other pollinators species, educating visitors about woodlands and wetlands, and telling the story of a partnership with the local Rotary, Village and America in Bloom. 



The Conservation Foundation is receiving the Forestry Outreach Award for their efforts in preserving and restoring land and coordinating the Conservation@Home program in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, plus La Salle, Grundy, and De Kalb Counties, in addition to considerable work on private landowner engagement in the Big Rock Region.



Friends of the Forest Preserves is receiving the Youth Engagement Award for their Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps program.


Two golden shovel awards:


The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) has honored Eric Hendrickson, Forester in the Village of Lombard, with the Forester of the Year Award for running a successful forestry program in the Village of Lombard that includes diverse replacements for all lost ash trees and regular rick assessments and maintenance for all public trees, plus and for providing training and leadership in multiple forestry organizations, including the Illinois Arborist Association, the Society for Municipal Arborists, the Illinois Urban and Community Forestry Council for the State of Illinois, and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.

Eric Hendrickson wins CRTI Forester of the YearEric Hendrickson wins CRTI Forester of the Year



The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) has honored Val Kehoe with a Forestry Advocate of the Year Award for her efforts coordinating the Conservation@Home program in Cook County, her work on the Palos Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team, and her tireless efforts in raising money, spreading knowledge, and running planting events to grow the canopy in Blue Island.

Val Kehoe wins Forestry Advocate of the YearVal Kehoe wins CRTI Forestry Advocate of the YearVal Kehoe wins CRTI Forestry Advocate of the Year