Our History . . .
We are a group of local citizens from northeastern
Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin, working on a rare opportunity to bring a National
Wildlife Refuge to the Chicago Metro area to add to the
handful of urban refuges nationwide, building on the
commitment of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to
develop an informed and involved citizenry that will
support fish and wildlife conservation through
recreation, scientific research, and environmental
education in and near cities.
||Our Mission . .
Our mission is to facilitate the establishment of the
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in the northeastern
Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. The refuge
will conserve our area’s unique natural landscapes,
plants and wildlife; link existing open space areas;
create recreational opportunities and provide long-term
economic benefits to the residents of our region.