Linda Masters, Restoration Specialist

Linda Masters joined Openlands in 2000 after 13 years of conservation research, planning and project management with the Conservation Design Forum and the Morton Arboretum. She was a principal creator of the Floristic Quality Assessment computer program, a method of analyzing data for natural areas and restoration monitoring and conservation planning. Ms. Masters has provided coordination and leadership to a wide range of projects including the Great American Thismia Hunt (an initiative to draw attention to conservation needs in the Calumet area), Wild Things (a regional conservation conference), and the 4th Edition of Plants of the Chicago Region (as an assistant to Floyd Swink and Gerould Wilhelm). At Openlands, Ms. Masters has coordinated major ecological restoration projects at Bartel Grasslands, Orland Grassland, McMahon Fen, Camp Sagawa, Bergman Slough, Tinley Creek Wetlands, and Deer Grove, which cumulatively have invested $20M in widely respected natural areas restoration initiatives.


  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of St. Francis, Joliet
  • Masters of Science in Ecology and Evolution, University of Illinois, Chicago