Katie Fleming

Katie joined Openlands in 2018 as the Forestry Crew Leader and has since developed and implemented the Forestry Training Program, leading Forestry Trainees in hands-on urban forestry skills and field maintenance, as well as providing professional development and educational opportunities over an 8-month season. She plans and coordinates day-to-day field maintenance and data collection throughout the Chicago region and assists in overseeing volunteers at community tree plantings, workshops and stewardship days.

Katie received her B.S. from the University of Illinois in Natural Resources & Environmental Science. Prior to Openlands, she worked at Audubon Great Lakes and Friends of the Forest Preserves conducting restoration projects and invasive species management throughout Cook and Lake counties. Katie is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist (IL-9691A) and a TreeKeeper.


  • B.S., Natural Resources & Environmental Science, Concentration in Fish & Wildlife Conservation at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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