Advancing Adaptation in the City of Chicago: Climate Considerations for Management of Natural Areas

Jessica Hellmann
Posted on: 10/14/2013 - Updated on: 3/06/2020

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Rachel Gregg



Managing natural resources in an effective and cost-efficient way requires responding to changes that are occurring in the climate system. Because rapid changes in climate threaten many of our ecological resources, incorporating ways to both reduce the rate of changes (mitigation), and respond to them in ways that allow us to protect what we value (adaptation) are important components of pro-active planning. This guide focuses on adaptation, with the aim of helping resource managers in the Chicago Wilderness region jump-start the process of updating approaches to management to better incorporate, and reduce the rate of, climate change. Specifically, the goal is to help resource managers identify options that can reduce the exposure of key species or systems to change, reduce their sensitivity to change, or increase their ability to adapt to change.

Affiliated Organizations

Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. We are more than 250 organizations that work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all who live here, by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Our four key initiatives reflect our commitment to using science and emerging knowledge, a collaborative approach to conservation, and a caring for both people and nature, to benefit all the region’s residents.

The Field Museum is an educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures. It provides collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. Its collections, public learning programs, and research are inseparably linked to serve a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds and knowledge.


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