Chicago Region Trees Initiative Master Plan

Description: Chicago Region Trees Initiative views trees as part of the city’s critical infrastructure. It has developed a Master Plan through 2050 to assure that “trees are healthier, more abundant, more diverse, and more equitably distributed.” Currently, trees in the Chicago region sequester and store 17 million tons of carbon, reduce the effect of the heat island, and save $44 million in building energy usage yearly, according to the plan.

Goal: Chicago Master Tree Plan: Implement strategic plan across public & private land to enlarge the tree canopy region

Measurement: Percent increase in mature trees by target date

Time to Implement: Varies


Chicago Region Trees Census Executive Summary – 2020

Chicago Region Trees Initiative – Executive Summary

Chicago Region Trees Initiative – Full Text

Chicago Trees Initiative website

Chicago Forestry

Additional Information:

Friends of Urban Forests – maps

Green Minneapolis

Contact Info:

c/o The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle IL 60532
(630) 719-5636

Sectors(s) Natural & Working Lands
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Date First Adopted 2013
Last Updated August 9, 2020
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