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Additonal background data

In addition to the previously described datasets, other background forest data, scientific research, and relevant regional plans will be used to guide the Work Groups and implementation of the CRTI strategy, including the following:

  • The Chicago Wilderness (CW) Green Infrastructure Vision (GIV) data and strategies. The GIV is a regional-scale map of the Chicago Wilderness region that reflects existing and future green infrastructure. This includes natural areas, streams and wetlands, prairies and woodlands.  The map identifies opportunities for expansion, restoration and connection all in support of the CW Biodiversity Recovery Plan
  • The Oak Ecosystem Recovery Project : A project coordinated by CW and The Morton Arboretum, will provide mapping of oak woodlands throughout the CW region and a plan that will provide important information for restoration and protection of this important forest habitat.
  • The Illinois State Urban Forestry Plan provides a policy framework for implementing proper forest management and the planting and care of trees that make up the Illinois urban forest. RTI will prioritize action strategies to address needs identified in the plan relevant to the Chicago region.
  • The CW Biodiversity Recovery Plan is a blueprint for saving and restoring the rare natural communities of the Chicago region. Developed over more than three years by hundreds of people — scientists, land managers, conservation advocates, planners, and caring citizens — the Recovery Plan outlines the steps necessary to achieve the mission of Chicago Wilderness and will be a key tool in identifying efforts for the RTI.
  • The Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science worked with the Chicago Region Trees Initiative to complete a climate vulnerability assessment of the Chicago region and a resource tool on urban forest climate adaptation. This tool will be incorporated into the CRTI strategy.
  • CRTI will combine this high quality data on the urban forest with an effective policy framework to make recommendations on species diversity, management strategies, planting locations and other strategic efforts to inform forest management programs and integrate forests into larger regional plans for an impact of a healthier environment for the Chicago region. It will also help us design an effective interactive map with multiple data layers, such as the ones in the figure below.