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Restored Savanna on the Tamarack West Parcel

Restored Savanna on the Tamarack West Parcel

Restored oak savanna on the Tamarack West Parcel In September of 2023 the Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge held their Fall Gathering. Board President Steve Byers grilled hot dogs as we listened to short presentations by Cassie Skaggs, Refuge Manager, Paul Bruett and Pete Jackson, Board Members.  Friends walked over to view the Tamarack West property to view land that will be restored, stretching all the way to neighboring Glacial Park. All were treated to the beautiful sight of a...

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Nicor Gas, The Morton Arboretum, and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative

Nicor Gas, The Morton Arboretum, and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative

 Pictured is the oak savanna on the Schaid Parcel. Stay tuned for before and after photos to see what our volunteers can accomplish. The savanna that will benefit from this grant is located within the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge on a site known as the Schaid Parcel.  This savanna has an intact community of mature bur oaks, however the understory is severely degraded, being comprised of a continuous layer of reed canary grass and Hungarian brome, with large clumps of multiflora rose...

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Work Continues in 2023 for the Nicor Grant

Work Continues in 2023 for the Nicor Grant

On November 6, 2022 Friends of Hackmatack volunteers celebrated the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge with a stewardship workday at Tamarack West and a sparkling cider toast at break time. photo: Pete JacksonIn 2023 we are continuing to work on removal of invasive shrubs and trees from the savannas, then we will use Nicor funds to plant with native plants adapted to being the understory of our region's oak and hickory savannas. Friends of Hackmatack...

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Volunteers are Restoring Three Savannas with the Support of Nicor Gas

Volunteers are Restoring Three Savannas with the Support of Nicor Gas

Richmond-Burton and Alden-Hebron high schools' students Reese, Alexis, Landon and Crysta cleared a small savanna of invasive brush on a beautiful day in December 2022. photo: Pete Jackson   During 2022, six volunteer stewardship events were held at Tamarack West, beginning October 2nd, when nine volunteers, including five students from Richmond-Burton Community High School, cleared a large opening in one of three oak groves to be restored under this grant. Over the course of 2022, we tallied...

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Stewardship Challenge Grant: Success!

Stewardship Challenge Grant: Success!

Photo of restored savannah on the Tamarack SouthEast Site, located at the entrance to the Richmond Burton Community High School, Tryon Grove Rd., Richmond, IL.We are pleased to report that we have successfully completed this Stewardship Challenge Grant and have provided our final report to the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF).Thank you, thank you to our generous donors and our incredible stewardship workday volunteers whose contributions reached our $7000 fundraising target...

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Stewardship Challenge Grant: The Last Push

Stewardship Challenge Grant: The Last Push

We are close to completion of a number of actions needed to meet the goals of our Stewardship Challenge Grant: — We are asking for your help to raise the last $385 we need to meet our $7000 fundraising goal. The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation will match our locally-raised funds 3:1 with $21,000 for seeds and plants to restore the savanna and prairie. Can you help us meet our goal? See below for how you can donate. — The savanna is nearly cleared of brush! We...

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Stewardship Challenge Grant: Winter Work

Stewardship Challenge Grant: Winter Work

Field north of the High School planted with prairie seeds Friends of Hackmatack is still busy working on this project throughout the winter. Accomplishments since December include: — We only need $884 more in donations to meet our fundraising goal. Then Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation will match our locally-raised funds 3:1 with $21,000 for seeds and plants to restore the savanna and prairie. Can you help us raise those funds? See below for how you can...

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Stewardship Challenge Grant: November & December Workdays

Stewardship Challenge Grant: November & December Workdays

Richmond-Burton High School students helping out on a Winter Work DayThank you to our volunteers and donors!With workdays held in November and December, we have now completed over 400 hours of volunteer stewardship and will receive $4000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to put toward the purchase of native seeds and plants to complete our restoration work.Thanks to many generous donors, we have now also raised over $4500 in matching funds that will generate...

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Stewardship Challenge Grant: Halfway There!

Thank you to our donors and volunteers! Thanks to many generous donors, we are now halfway to our goal to raise $7000 in matching funds. We have completed one fundraising puzzle and started a second. Puzzle pieces are $10 each. Scroll down for info on how you can donate by PayPal or check. No donation is too small as all are matched 3:1 by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. We have also conducted two successful fall workdays at the site. Twenty-one volunteers participated in...

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Stewardship Challenge Grant: Goal for the Annual Meeting

Thank you to our donors and volunteers! Thanks to many generous donors, we are now two-thirds of the way to our goal to raise $3000 by our Nov. 10 Annual Meeting. We have completed one puzzle and started a second. Puzzle pieces are $10 each. Scroll down for info on how you can donate by PayPal or check. No donation is too small as all are matched 3:1 by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. We have also scheduled fall workdays at the site. Twenty-one volunteers joined in...

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Illinois Clean Energy Community Challenge Grant

Illinois Clean Energy Community Challenge Grant

Friends of Hackmatack NWR received a Stewardship Challenge Grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF). By fulfilling a number of requirements by November 1, 2021, Friends of Hackmatack can receive up to $27,000 from the Foundation to spend on land stewardship activities on the Tamarack SouthEast Site. The funds will be used to convert a farm field north of Richmond Burton Community High School into prairie and to plant native woodland plants,...

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