Nicor Gas has published their inaugural Community Impact Report, and they have featured Friends of Hackmatack. We are included in their Pillar Grants Summary for Environmental Stewardship. 

Savanna Restoration: Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) received a $5,000 grant from Nicor Gas to support a savanna restoration project. The restoration project is part of a larger 165-acre effort to restore the prairie-wetland landscape in McHenry County, integrated into the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. Over 100 volunteers, including high school students from Richmond-Burton High School and Alden-Hebron High School, cleared three remnant oak savannas of invasive weeds to prepare for the distribution of a native savanna seed mix. 

By involving students in restoring oak savannas, they contribute to conservation efforts and gain valuable education about the importance of healthy ecosystems.

We are grateful for the partnership between our organizations. It makes so much of our restoration work possible, and we could not accomplish all that we do without partners like Nicor Gas.

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