Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge held their
second Friends Gathering on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
at 6:00 pm in the Lost Valley Visitor Center at Glacial Park,
located on Hart Rd off Rt. 31 just south of Richmond, IL.
The topic of the June 10th meeting was Land
Management and Restoration. As a newly formed Refuge,
with little land to call its own, the Friends have an
opportunity to learn about the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
and how it manages its refuge lands.
Mike Redmer of the USFWS will help us understand the goals of
the Service concerning Wildlife and Habitat Management. Looking
at the success of McHenry County Conservation District as a
current land manager in the region, Ed Collins will lead us in a
study of the District’s restoration projects and share the
results of the numerous natural improvements to the land. We
will meet Brian Glenzinski, of Ducks Unlimited who will talk
about being a land owner within Hackmatack National Wildlife
Refuge and the site they are working to restore.
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call Diane at (708) 280-3890.
Spring 2014 Update
A lot has happened since Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge was
established in November 2012. Here is some information on how
our new national wildlife refuge is growing in outreach to its
neighbors this Spring!
For the land This summer, a Youth
Conservation Corps (YCC) crew will be conducting land
restoration activities on refuge and other conservation lands.
Local teens will be selected by a lottery to fill the four slots
on the crew. Teens must be 15-18 years old and live in McHenry
County, Illinois or Walworth County, Wisconsin.
information, see the YCC Member
job description about this full-time work from June 9 to
August 8. You must apply by May 2.
For the people The U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service will host its first Hackmatack NWR event by
celebrating International Migratory Bird Day. Rangers will be
banding birds at Lost Valley Visitor Center from 8 – 9:30 am on
both Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. Drop by any time
either morning to see what birds they find!
Friends Gatherings Quarterly Friends
Gatherings began with forty-five eager volunteers attended the first gathering on
March 11, 2014. We celebrated the 111th birthday of the national
wildlife refuge system, updated attendees on refuge lands in
Illinois and Wisconsin, and explored the ways people can be
involved in refuge activities.
Future gatherings will be held at 6 pm on
June 10, September 9 and December 9 at Lost Valley
Visitor Center at Glacial Park, on Rt. 31 just south of
These are exciting times as we explore the opportunities before
us as we work with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on our
|Our first section of land
|Contained within the 12-acre easement that
is the first piece of land protected as
Hackmatack NWR is an unplowed sedge meadow, a
unique wetland community occupying the broad
floodplain of Slough Creek. Dominated by tussock
forming plants called sedges and supporting
colorful wildflowers such as Spotted Joe Pyeweed
and Boneset, this parcel is a living history
book, illustrating what the new Hackmatack
National Wildlife Refuge may have looked like on
the eve of settlement 180 years ago. It is home
to rare plants, butterflies and wetland
|Read the January 11, 2013 USFWS press
release on the establishment of the refuge
|For a map showing the location of this first