Good ideas take flight: O'Hare exhibit features Openlands' wetlands restoration work

May 16, 2012

Through its new exhibit, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) showcases eight wetlands restoration projects, including five projects that Openlands is leading. This exhibit is located at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 2. Openlands has played an important role in CDA's wetlands restoration program by shaping and implementing on-the-ground wetlands restoration work totaling more than $20 million.

Ticketed passengers can learn about the vital importance of these wetlands restoration efforts in fostering sustainable land use and water management in urban settings by creating a balance of developed and open space. Restoring wetlands and protecting their surrounding natural areas helps to sustainably manage the Chicago region's abundant rainfall, and serves as a vital part of the region's green infrastructure. These wetlands also create educational, recreational, and beautiful nature preserves, and one of the goals of this exhibit is to encourage more visitors to the sites to enjoy all they have to offer. For more information about Openlands' wetlands restoration projects, please click here.

The five Openlands' projects highlighted in the exhibit are Deer Grove Forest Preserve - East, Palatine, Cook County; Hadley Valley Preserve, Joliet, Will County; Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, Homer Glen, Will County; Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington, Will County; and Tinley Creek Forest Preserve, Tinley Park, Cook County.

The restoration work is made possible by the O'Hare Modernization Program. The modernization program is expanding runway capacity and efficiency at O'Hare and required the replacement of isolated wetlands. The Department of Aviation is helping to mitigate and alleviate the impacts associated with the airport expansion by partnering with Openlands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Forest Preserve Districts of Cook, Will, and DuPage counties, the National Forest Foundation, and others to restore and enhance wetlands throughout the Chicago region.

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