About Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
Nothing happens unless first a dream. ~ Carl Sandburg
Friends of Hackmatack NWR is a non-profit organization. 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.
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.
Friends Of Hackmatack National Wildlife Board of Directors
The Board meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM. Currently, meetings are being held remotely. See News & Activities for details of our activities.
Steve Byers, Chair (IL)
Ed Collins, Vice Chair (IL)
Nancy Williamson, Treasurer (IL)
Cindy Skrukrud, Secretary (IL)
Paul Bruett (WI)
Aimee Collins (IL)
Ed Collins (IL)
Pete Jackson (IL)
Rory Klick (WI)
Vince Mosca (WI)
Linda Oeffling (IL)
Susan Sander (WI)
Jake Schmidt (WI)
Maggie Zoellner (WI)
Hackmatack & Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge Refuge Manager:
Cassandra (Cassie) Skaggs
Office: Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park
6316 Harts Rd
Ringwood, IL 60072
(815) 678-4532 x8106
If you are interested in participating in our committees and work in any capacity, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your contact information and be sure to briefly mention your area of interest.
Friends of Hackmatack NWR Timeline
Approval, Establishment & Development
About the Photos on this Website
Many of the beautiful scenic photos on this website, including the header for this page and on the home page, are the work of photographer Ray Mathis. Most have been taken at Glacial Park in McHenry County, Illinois. We thank him for his generous contribution through the use of these photos. See more of Ray’s work at ray-mathis.pixels.com. Other photos have been provided by Friends of Hackmatack members, and by the generous employees of the USFWS who provide photos free to use under Public Domain licensing.
Friends of Hackmatack NWR
P.O. Box 413
Richmond, IL 60071
Call 262-448-3558 to listen for the latest updates on upcoming activities. If you need to reach us, please leave a message and we will return your call.
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