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WRD builds bridges with sustainability partners to connect people with nature, like this boardwalk at North Park Village does.

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The best sustainable results develop out of partnerships. WRD is proud to collaborate with and support a variety of innovative organizations. Here is a sampling of them: 

Conserve Lake County

Conserve Lake County is a nonprofit organization that works alongside those in Lake County who want to preserve beautiful open landscapes and secure clean water, healthy land and habitat for people, plants and wildlife.


The Conservation Foundation

The Conservation Foundation is a not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization.


Friends of the Chicago River

Friends of the Chicago River preserves, protects and fosters Chicago River vitality for human, plant, and animal communities in its watershed.



Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.


Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council

The Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council brings the resources, skills, capabilities and influence of its members to foster widespread awareness of the region’s biodiversity and to develop broad-based support for its protection, restoration and stewardship. 


Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association

The Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association is a community of landscape designers, contractors, suppliers and nurseries committed to sustainability. It seeks to transform the green industry so that sustainable design, materials and methods are the professional standard.  

Supporting partners like Conserve Lake County promotes healthy land practices that protect wildlife like these nesting birds at Almond Marsh.