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In 2015, the governor of Illinois proclaimed that October would officially become OAKtober: Oak Awareness Month.

OAKtober is a time to celebrate oaks and everything that they do for people and to promote the planting and care of these important trees. Every individual, organization, community, park district, forest preserve, and public or private landowner or manager can play an important role in celebrating oaks and oak ecosystems across Illinois throughout the month of October.


About the Chicago Region Trees Initiative

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is a partnership for coordinated action on key issues facing trees. It is the largest such initiative in the country, with leading organizations and agencies from across the seven-county metropolitan region working together. CRTI is leveraging funding, knowledge, skills, and expertise to build a healthier, more diverse regional forest.

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