The Chicago Project 2012-14
The Chicago Project 2012-14 is a two-year land conservation program sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance and the Chicago Region Land Conservation Coalition (CRLCC) with the generous financial support of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. It focuses on training, collaboration and networking. The project provides both individual organizational development services, as well as facilitation of collaborative land conservation efforts. Ultimately, the Alliance’s goal is to facilitate the development of a regional land trust coalition that is self-sustaining and successful over time in advancing land conservation in the Chicago region.
Strategic and permanent acquisition of natural lands is integral to a healthy Chicago, and must be pursued in concert with building strong, sustainable local land trusts. Through CRLCC we have been working with local land trusts in northeast Illinois since 2004 to increase their individual and collective capacity to protect high quality land in Chicago, and ensure the permanent protection of natural areas through effective stewardship and enforcement. The Coalition is the mechanism that will ensure the pace, quality and permanence of land conservation, and the Alliance serves as the key partner in building capacity to expand and conserve land, develop strategic conservation goals and educate local communities about the critical role land conservation plays in ensuring clean air, water, and vibrant local economies.
The members of the Chicago Region Land Conservation Coalition include:
- Barrington Area Conservation Trust
- Citizens for Conservation
- Conserve Lake County
- DeKalb County Farmland Foundation
- Geneva Lake Conservancy
- Lake Forest Open Lands Association
- Land Conservancy of Lake County
- Land Conservancy of McHenry County
- The Conservation Foundation
These members operate in Cook, Kane, Kendall, DuPage, DeKalb, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties in Illinois, and Walworth County in Wisconsin, among others.
For more information about the Chicago Project, please contact:
Chicago Project Manager
Land Trust Alliance
Phone: (773) 957-9919