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Ancestral Connections to Nature: Approaching Community Engagement through Conversations about a Community’s History

Having a connection to nature is inherent for many who immigrate to the United States. However, as Jen Idrovo explains, many BIPOC communities are left out of conservation conversations. Understanding racist policies that negatively affect communities is a crucial part of equitable community engagement, along with bringing community leaders to the table.

Why Chicago Needs an Urban Forestry Advisory Board

Chicago’s trees have always provided respite in its shade on a hot day, a connection to nature where we live, and health benefits by cleaning our air and reducing flooding. But as Daniella Pereira outlines, our tree canopy faces threats that make Chicago susceptible to flooding, heat islands, and environmental inequities. An Urban Forestry Advisory Board could help rebuild our tree canopy.