Chicago Living Corridors promotes the idea that private landowners can be instruments of change by restoring natural habitat corridors between protected conservation areas in order to:
- improve biodiversity and ecosystem services
- diminish the effects of climate change
One good way to participate in this effort is to join a local organization. See below for more information. Additional ways to participate include:
– Volunteer with Chicago Living Corridors
– Become a Citizen Scientist
Join a CLC Partner Organization
Many private landowners have created native habitat on their property. See here for an interactive map of some of those who have registered their native habitat.
The CLC partner organizations listed below promote the use of native plants and natural habitats on private landscapes. Become involved in the natural landscaping movement in your community. Join one of the organizations listed, or start your own organization, and tell CLC about it.
Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee (WPPC)
The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee is a non-profit organization dedicated to:
- Promoting the use of native plants in the landscape through preservation, propagation, and education
- Advocating the conservation of open space, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat,
scenic resources, and water in McHenry County and neighboring areas for the benefit of the general public
- Engaging in and otherwise promoting the scientific study of and educating the public regarding local natural resources
Most of our members are in McHenry County.
The Conservation Foundation (TCF)
The Conservation Foundation is a non-profit land and river protection organization founded in 1972. The support of more than 3,500 members and 500 volunteers helps us carry out our mission to preserve and restore open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, Illinois.
West Cook Wild Ones (WCWO)
West Cook Wild Ones promotes the use of native plants and natural landscapes.
Citizens for Conservation (CFC)
Citizens for Conservation is a 45 year old volunteer organization in the Barrington area whose mission is “Saving Living Space for Living Things through protection, restoration, and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources and education.
- Our Habitat Corridors program promotes planting native plants and earth-friendly yard practices. Knowledgeable volunteers visit home properties in the northwest suburbs to provide recommendations.
- Our annual native plant sale, held the first weekend of May, provides a huge selection of local ecotype forbs, grasses, shrubs and trees.
Map of CLC Partner Organizations
You can explore all of the site locations for each of the CLC organizations here (Google map).
Is your organization not listed above, but is helping private landowners to support pollinator populations, conserve clean water, increase biodiversity and restore soil? We would like to hear about it. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The CLC support region includes the counties in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana listed below.