The public is invited to attend JDCF’s annual meeting for an interactive social hour, election and re-election of board members, and the announcement of the recipient of the 2018 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award. Our keynote speaker will be Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and Manager of Community Trees Program at the Morton Arboretum. She will discuss the Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan, the importance of oak ecosystems that are part of our natural heritage, and how private landowners are key to preserving and protecting these ecosystems today. Only 17% of these oak ecosystems remain and they are quickly being converted to other land uses, becoming overtaken by invasive species, losing access to sunlight, succumbing to excessive browse, and experiencing low age diversity. Without actions now these ecosystems will be lost for future generations. The Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan provides a framework and actionable strategies that everyone can be part of resulting in enhancement, protection, and preservation of oak ecosystems for the future. $45/person includes a buffet dinner with vegetarian option. Cash bar available.