Friends of Hack-ma-tack

Timeline of Hackmatack Refuge Approval and Establishment
• March 11, 2014 First Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Gathering held.
• June 27, 2013 First Hackmatack Workday held on Ducks Unlimited's Wisconsin property.
• April 20, 2013 Friends of Hackmatack receives Protector of the Environment Award from Chicago Audubon Society.
• April 11, 2013
Ducks Unlimited purchases an 86-acre parcel within the Hackmatack refuge boundary north of Genoa City Wisconsin. DU plans to restore the parcel to a mix of wetlands, grasslands and savanna and to make it a part of the new Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.
• March 28, 2013 Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge incorporated as an Illinois Not for Profit Organization
• March 10, 2013 Friends of Hackmatack received 2013 Theta Award from Environmental Defenders of McHenry County for their work to establish the refuge.
• January 11, 2013  Secretary Salazar lays Hackmatack NWR plank at boardwalk at the nation's first National Wildlife Refuge at Pelican Island in Florida.
• December 12, 2012  IDNR buys the 72 acre parcel from Openlands.
• November 6, 2012  USFWS accepts the conservation easement on 12 acres conveyed by Openlands. Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is established!
• October 11, 2012  McHenry County Conservation District completes an agreement with Illinois DNR and USFWS to conduct restoration and stewardship of the site.
• October 11, 2012 McHenry County Conservation Foundation, Friends of Hackmatack and Openlands provide funds to pay for a conservation easement on a 12-acre wetland area of the 72-acre parcel.
• October 18, 2012  Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnership receives Department of Interior Partners In Conservation Award at an award ceremony in Washington DC.
• October 9, 2012  Openlands purchases 72-acre parcel within the southwest core area of the Hackmatack refuge boundary.
• August 15, 2012  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar publicly announces the authorization of the refuge at an event at Glacial Park in McHenry County, Illinois.
• July 10, 2012  US Fish & Wildlife Service authorizes the establishment of Hackmatack NWR in McHenry County, Illinois and Walworth County Wisconsin.
• October 31, 2011  The proposed refuge is highlighted as one of Illinois’ two America’s Great Outdoors projects.
• April 5, 2010  US Fish & Wildlife Service launches a study of an urban bistate refuge in a 55-square mile area centered on the Illinois-Wisconsin stateline.
• November 5, 2009  The proposed refuge is one of 21 Green Legacy Projects identified by the Burnham Plan Centennial Committee and Openlands.
• Fall 2004  A small group of dreamers begins pursuit of a national wildlife refuge.