Friends of Hackmatack
Our History . . .
We are a group of local citizens from northeastern
Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin who achieved our
dream 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 . .
The mission of Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife
Refuge is to conserve and enhance the natural and
cultural resources, rural character and scenic beauty of
the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge and to connect
people to these resources.
Mission & Goals
|Our Vision . . .
We envision a national wildlife refuge that recognizes, protects
and restores the rare natural communities, unusual glacial
landforms, high quality waters and abundant native plants and
animals of the bi-state region.
|The Refuge community . . .
|• Respects individual
property rights by offering multiple mechanisms for land
who choose to become part of the refuge system
through conservation easements,
and voluntary habitat improvement of privately owned
• Encourages and expands outdoor recreational
opportunities while enhancing the
appreciation of the
• Engages with local gateway communities
to encourage commerce and build on their
Creates new opportunities for
businesses and builds on the economic strengths
• Highlights the historic and cultural
contributions of native peoples, farmers
• Incorporates partnerships between private
land owners, local business interests,
groups, state and local units of government and the
Fish and Wildlife Service in a mutually
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge brochure