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Collecting weather station data in southeast Chicago

Cherie LeBlanc Fisher

Social Scientist
1033 University Place
Suite 360
Evanston, IL, 60201-3172
Phone: 224-999-4009

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Current Research

I have diverse interests and this is reflected in the range of projects that I work on. I love fieldwork and I am working with the Forest Service's Urban FIA program to collect tree and land use data in the Chicago region each spring and summer. I am also project manager for 100 Sites for 100 years, a collaborative research project led by DePaul University and the University of Illinois-Chicago that maintains a network of established research plots at natural areas in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana.

I am actively involved in the northwest Indiana Urban Waters partnership, an alliance of federal, state, and local government agencies, nonprofits, and other stakeholders that work together to identify priorities and projects for local waterways. Through Urban Waters, I have been helping to develop an outreach campaign to encourage homeowners to properly maintain their septic systems in order protect public health and maintain good water quality in local streams.

I am also part of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative's Tree Stewardship and Planting Team. We offer free workshops on tree care and related issues several times each year. We are always working to raise awareness about the importance of after-planting tree care to help trees grow successfully in our challenging urban environments.X

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the complex relationship between urban people and urban nature (including trees). I also have longstanding interests in urban ecology (how natural systems function in urban and suburban areas) and green infrastructure (using trees and other plants strategically to help with stormwater management, air pollution removal, soil erosion control, etc.).

Past Research

Klenosky, David B.; Vogt, Christine A.; Schroeder, Herbert W.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, Marshall, SaraJane. 2010. Place visitation, place avoidance, and attitudinal ambivalence: new concepts for place research in urban recreation settings. In: Watts, Clifton E., Jr.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. Proceedings of the 2009 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-66. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 57-64.

Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Westphal, Lynne M.; Longoni, Mario. 2010. Fish consumption risk perception among anglers in an industrial urban area. In: Watts, Clifton E., Jr.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. Proceedings of the 2009 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-66. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 48-56.

Nowak, David J.; Hoehn, Robert E. III; Crane, Daniel E.; Stevens, Jack C.; Leblanc Fisher, Cherie. 2010. Assessing urban forest effects and values, Chicago's urban forest. Resour. Bull. NRS-37. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 27 p.

Westphal, Lynne M.; Longoni, Mario; LeBlanc, Cherie L.; Wali, Alaka. 2008. Anglers' appraisals of the risks of eating sport-caught fish from industrial areas: lessons from Chicago's Calumet region. Human Ecology Review. 15(1): 46-62.

Fernandez-Juricic, Esteban; Zollner, Patrick A.; LeBlanc, Cherie; Westphal, Lynne M. 2007. Responses of nestling black-crowned night herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) to aquatic and terrestrial recreational activities: a manipulative study. Waterbirds. 30(4): 554-565.

Why This Research is Important

Natural areas in cities may not qualify as perfect, pristine Nature but trees and small patches of park or prairie or water can be enormously important to urban people and wildlife. This is especially true in places like the Calumet region of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana where industry has historically dominated the landscape. I am pleased to be able to contribute to research that deepens our understanding of how trees and green spaces contribute to our health and well-being.

Svendsen, Erika S.; Campbell, Lindsay K.; Fisher, Dana R.; Connolly, James J.T.; Johnson, Michelle L.; Sonti, Nancy F.; Locke, Dexter H.; Westphal, Lynne M.; LeBlanc Fisher, Cherie; Grove, J. Morgan; Romolini, Michele; Blahna, Dale J.; Wolf, Kathleen L. 2016. Stewardship mapping and assessment project: a framework for understanding community-based environmental stewardship. Gen. Tech. Rep. 156. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 134 p.

Education

  • Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, M.E.M. (Master Of Environmental Management) Urban Ecology concentration,

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

National Research Highlights

Cover of the WUI Atlas document.

Maps Locate the Wildland-urban Interface Across the United States

Year: 2015

Exciting new U.S. Forest Service research products provide visually-appealing, high-resolution maps of wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas across the United States. A user-friendly book displays state maps that are easy to understand. The underlying data sets are also available on-line for those who want to do fine-grained analysis of WUI locations at the state or local level.

Word cloud of North Kenwood-Oakland residents' responses to the question What three words come to mind when you hear climate change Field Museum

Street-Level Views of Climate Change

Year: 2011

Forest Service researchers and partners interviewed residents of two Chicago neighborhoods about their awareness of climate change and their own climate-friendly behaviors. They found that residents have varying levels of knowledge about climate change and identified many opportunities to simultaneously meet neighborhood goals and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The findings will help the City of Chicago shape its Climate Action Plan outreach to residents and the lessons learned are applicable in other places as well.

Last modified: Thursday, April 20, 2017