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2. Biodiversity in the Chicago Wilderness Region: History and Current Status
2.1. Shaped by Ice and Fire
2.2. “City of Big Shoulders”: The Growth of Chicago and the Transformation of Natural Landscapes
2.3. Ecological Communities of the Chicago Wilderness Region and Their Conservation Status
2.4. A rationale for Biodiversity Conservation in the Chicago Metropolitan Area?
2.5. History of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance
3. Addressing Contemporary Challenges
3.1. The Ecological Challenge of Implementing Restoration Management in the Region
3.2. The Challenge of Climate Change
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Appendix 1. The Four Pillars of Chicago Wilderness Work
A1.1. Implementation of the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision
A1.2. Leave No Child Inside
A1.3. Natural Area Restoration & Management
A1.4. Climate Change
Appendix 2. Addressing the Challenges: Current Research Projects of the CW Science Team
A2.1. Chicago Wilderness Land Management Research Program or, “100 Sites for 100 Years”
- (1). Create an Agent-Based Model to understand interactions in collective decision-making processes.
- (2). Investigate the perceptions, motivations, and institutions influencing management decisions and the organizational structure within which decisions are made.
- (3). Document the range of biodiversity outcomes in a subset of oak-dominated woodlands and savannas undergoing restoration in Chicago Wilderness.
- (4). Compare/contrast the relationship between distinct models of the planning processes and biodiversity outcomes.
- (5). Investigate the relationships between restoration management decisions and the viewpoints of neighbors living in proximity to natural areas and natural-area users towards restoration.
A2.3. Chicago ULTRA-Ex
- (1). To critically investigate connections between the biodiversity-recovery goals of the Green Infrastructure Vision and the delivery of ecosystem services to human communities throughout the Chicago region.
- (2). Develop a multi-faceted, interactive, web-based Chicago ULTRA-Hub which is an interactive platform for managing data, communicating research findings to planners and the public, and collaborating and interacting with scientists and practitioners.
A2.4. Chicago Stew-MAP
- (1). Map sites and areas where stewardship is occurring.
- (2). Help connect stewards with organizations or agencies that can help them meet their goals (for example, by providing funding or supplies).
- (3). Show land managers, planners, and environmental professionals where the region’s stewardship strengths and gaps are.
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