Katie Fleming

Katie Fleming is the Forestry Program Manager at Openlands. Katie works with Arborist Apprentices, Openlands Forestry staff, and partners to oversee the first year of the Arborist Registered Apprenticeship, while also supporting and developing the second and third years of the program.  Katie provides related instruction and classroom training to apprentices, leads field staff in accomplishing tree establishment maintenance and planting projects, and educates volunteers, community members, and apprentices on the importance of Chicago’s urban canopy. Prior to managing the Arborist Registered Apprenticeship, Katie joined Openlands in 2018 as the Forestry Crew Leader and established and implemented the Forestry Training Program.  Katie is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist (IL-9691A) and an Openlands TreeKeeper.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources & Environmental Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


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