Saving Chicago’s Oak Trees

February 21, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Zoom Online
Saving Chicago’s Oak Trees @ Zoom Online | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Oaks are a keystone species critical to ecosystem health including bird survival, but the Chicago region’s oak trees have suffered massive declines both in savanna ecosystems and on residential streets. The Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan is a region-wide effort by government agencies, nonprofit organizations and volunteers to conserve oaks, protect them from growing pressures, and restore their ecosystems. Matt Ueltzen, Manager of Restoration Ecology at the Lake County Forest Preserves and a member of the Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan working group, will join us to discuss why oaks have disappeared from the landscape, why they are important for birds, the details of the recovery plan, and how homeowners and community members can get involved.