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The Community Trees Program staff extends the knowledge and expertise of the Arboretum into surrounding communities, helping local governments and other organizations support and improve the health of the urban forest.  Our staff are skilled public speakers, with experience building collaborative relationships and confronting the types of challenges communities face managing their trees.  For information, please email communitytrees@mortonarb.org or call #.


Tricia Bethke, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator

Emily Okallau, Community Trees Project Coordinator

Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative; Manager of Community Trees Program


As resources permit, the Community Trees Program will attend community events, provide a speaker for community events, provide event resources, or host a booth at Arbor Day tree planting events.  We value the opportunity to connect with communities and educate people about the urban forest. For information, please email communitytrees@mortonarb.org.