Friends of Hackmatack


CLICK HERE for more about Tamarack/Hackmatack trees

Tips on How to Visit Hackamack Area
where the refuge will be:
About Hackmatack
Hackmatack Refuge Status
The Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge boundary employs a Cores and Corridors concept for wildlife preservation with a focus on migratory and grassland birds. Four core areas will be protected alongside existing conservation lands held by other partners including the McHenry County Conservation District and Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources. Tributaries of Nippersink Creek will serve as wildlife corridors to connect most of the core areas. It is hoped that corridors at least 600 feet wide can be protected in these areas by working with local landowners.

Currently a 12-acre easement on 72 acres of land owned by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources is the only land formally a part of the refuge.  It is not yet open to the public. 
Click Here for a list of conservation lands to visit in the Hackmatack area.
Hackmatack's U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Contacts
Russell Engelke, Supervisory Wildlife Refuge Specialist, and Ed Britton, Wildlife Refuge Manager, will be the primary points of contact for Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, the newest refuge in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region.  Both men are stationed at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge in Savanna, Illinois.

With more than 50 years of combined experience, primarily on wildlife refuges along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, Engelke and Britton are no strangers to the complex issues associated with nationally significant wetland habitats including areas designated as Important Bird Areas (American Bird Conservancy) and Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention on Wetlands).
Working with those partners already committed to protecting the unique habitats in and around Hackmatack will be the primary focus for the Service.  Both men are excited to meet and talk with not only our partners, but the public that come out to enjoy the Refuge and surrounding public lands.
US Fish & Wildlife Service Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Website 
USFWS - Hackmatack - Conservation Planning
Hackmatack Authorized Boundaries Map
Hackmatack Boundaries Map
Enlarged view of Map in pdf HERE