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Chicago Wilderness

Protecting Biodiversity in a Large Urban Area Through Partnerships

Laurel Ross

Urban Conservation Director, Field Museum

Chicago Wilderness, Steering Committee

Mike Prouty

Northeastern Area, USDA FS

State and Private Forestry



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Overview of this talk

  • Why Chicago Wilderness Formed

  • Who makes up the Consortium?

  • Forest Service Involvement

  • Six Roles of the Consortium

  • Measuring Results

  • Exporting the Model

  • Questions and Answers




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The biodiversity of the Chicago region is important both globally and locally.

Over 300,000 acres are now protected as conservation land.

The region also holds nine millionpeople—a rich and diverse human resource.


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Distribution of public conservation land globally and locally.

  • County Forest Preserve Districts

  • Municipalities & Park Districts

  • Federal land

  • State Depts.

    • of Natural Resources

  • NGOs


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MAJOR THREATS globally and locally.

  • Habitat fragmentation

  • Land use history

  • Invasive species

  • Fire deprivation

  • Incompatible land development

  • Limited public understanding


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The nature of these threats calls for a globally and locally.regional approach:

Chicago Wilderness

  • A consortium to protect, restore,

  • and manage natural ecosystems

  • 203* organizations with common goals

  • Founded in 1995 by 34 groups

  • A model for urban conservation

  • Initial funding: USDA Forest Service


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Chicago Wilderness globally and locally.

  • Membership includes

    • Landowners and land managers

    • Local, state and federal governments

    • Research and education institutions

    • Conservation NGOs

    • A growing number of municipalities

    • Corporate Council

  • Organized through a Memorandum of Understanding


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The Vision globally and locally.

Residents and decision-makers

understand the significance of local

biodiversity and support its

conservation

Natural communities of the

Chicago region are protected and restored to long-term viability

Residents exist in a sustainable relationship with nature and enjoy an enhanced quality of life

Chicago region contributes to the preservation of global biodiversity


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Midewin globally and locally.

National Tallgrass

Prairie

Volunteers


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The Chicago Wilderness Science Research Agendas globally and locally.

  • Natural Science

  • Social Science


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Support for Chicago Wilderness globally and locally.

  • USDA Forest Service

  • USDI Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Illinois DNR

  • CW Corporate Council

  • Local Foundations

  • Member organizations

  • Individuals


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Chicago Wilderness globally and locally.

Funding History

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Roles of the consortium globally and locally.

  • Develop common goals and principles to help guide the work of member organizations

  • Catalyze new work and initiatives

  • Increase partnering

  • Share lessons learned

  • Develop and disseminate tools

  • Increase public involvement in local conservation


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1- Develop Common goals globally and locally.

Biodiversity Recovery Plan 1999

  • “Road map” for conservation

  • Threats analysis

  • Recovery goals for species, communities, landscapes

  • Priority conservation actions

  • Communication strategies


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2- Catalyze New Work globally and locally.

1999 - 2007 Implementation

  • Wetlands & Streams component

  • Lake Michigan component

  • Burn task force

  • Invasive species task force

  • CW boundaries expanded

  • Grassroots team

  • Research agendas

  • Sustainability tools

  • Education and outreach

  • Public involvement expansion


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2- globally and locally.Catalyze New Work: Burn Task Force

CW Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Training

  • Two-day training

  • Since 2002, over 400 individuals trained

  • Messages created for the public


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Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation globally and locally.

3- Increase partnering

Youth stewardship: 8000 children annually and 23 partner agencies


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4- Share lessons globally and locally.

Internal communication


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  • Sustainability Guide for Municipalities

  • Conservation Design:

    • Model Ordinance

    • Cost/benefit analysis

  • Natural Landscaping Guide


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5- Develop and disseminate tools globally and locally.Sustainable Watershed Action Team: SWAT

  • Experts in conservation design, storm water management, and native landscaping.

  • CW Team available to provide technical expertise to developers in planning conservation-friendly developments.


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5- Develop and disseminate tools globally and locally.

  • Green Infrastructure Vision

  • Regional scale

  • opportunities for protection


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6- Increase Public Involvement globally and locally.

Biodiversity Atlas Magazine


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Overview of this talk globally and locally.

  • Why Chicago Wilderness Formed

  • Who makes up the Consortium?

  • Forest Service Involvement

  • Six Roles of the Consortium

  • Measuring Results

  • Exporting the Model

  • Questions and Answers


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measuring Results globally and locally.

Measuring Results

Report Card 2006

The question:

How are we doing in

preserving and

restoring the biodiversity

of the region?


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Exporting the Chicago Wilderness Model globally and locally.

Houston

Oahu

Pittsburgh

Washington DC

Portland

San Francisco

Milwaukee

Detroit

Toledo…

International

contacts


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Lessons Learned globally and locally.

  • Core Leadership

  • Flexibility

  • Clear Mission

  • Relationships

  • Initial investment

  • Diversifying Funding

  • Political Support


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Questions? globally and locally.


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