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Understanding the region’s tree population, improving the health and vigor of local trees, increasing public awareness of the importance of managing our urban forest and improving the conditions of Chicago forests by the year 2040 are goals and visions of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI). The CRTI was created in 2013 with the hopes to build a healthier and more diverse urban forest in the Chicago area.

Our urban forests play a key role in our local environment by cleaning our air and water, reducing the impact of flooding, creating habitats for wildlife and providing health and aesthetic benefits. But with the death of many Ash trees in our area due to the Emerald Ash Borer and the effect invasive species have had on native trees, the urban forests need our help.

Want to play a part in the survival of the Chicago region’s urban forests? Click here for more information on the CRTI.

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