About Restoration Map


Read our paper recently published in the journal Ecological Restoration: pdf

Restoration Map is a web-based application to help plan, implement, and assess ecological restoration projects within Chicago Wilderness natural areas.  Its purpose is to:

  • follow an adaptive management approach by integrating long term monitoring data to provide feedback on the effects of restoration work.
  • improve communication and encourage collaboration between stakeholders including the landowner agencies, volunteers, restoration contractors, interns, and partner conservation organizations.

Restoration Map is being developed with the support of Audubon Chicago Region as free, open source software.  Get the code on GitHub. Please Contact Us to get more information.

See the Viewing the Map page for instructions on how to view the map.



Restoration Map has been developed using all open source and free software.  The map is built on PHP and MySQL, and uses kmltree developed by the MarineMap Consortium. It is licensed under the GPL.

The monitoring data layers are the result of decades of good work by staff and volunteer plant and animal monitors.  Please see http://habitatproject.org

The soil data layer is provided by the Soil Survey Staff, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Soil Data Access. http://sdmdataaccess.nrcs.usda.gov

The wetlands data layer is provided by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. National Wetlands Inventory. U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/