Urban Partnerships

Facing the challenges of climate change in our urban forests requires a collaborative effort amongst a diverse group of partners and community stakeholders, who share a common goal of sustainable management of urban forest. Partnership groups provide input to the vulnerability assessments and adaptation tools, and help to identify opportunities for climate change adaptation demonstration projects. Coming together to share knowledge, and experience benefits all participants and strengthens future decision-makingand planning efforts for years to come.

We are actively looking for partners interested in these outcomes to help shape this effort and create practical solutions for sustaining healthy and vibrant urban forests in the face of changing conditions.

Urban Framework project partnerships center around two themes:

  1. Science-management integration: Partnerships with scientists and managers from universities, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations help ensure the newest information is incorporated into decision-making and that research is designed to help inform decisions.
  2. Partnerships among urban forestry professionals to facilitate decisions and actions across the urban landscape.

Key partnerships in the Chicago regional pilot include:

  • US Forest Service
  • Chicago Region Trees Initiative
  • The Field Museum
  • The Morton Arboretum
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Chicago Wilderness


Please contact Leslie Brandt to learn more about this effort.