Stewardship Work Days

Anyone wishing to participate must RSVP to Stewardship Coordinator Pete Jackson. Pete will send you directions and specific instructions for the day.

Email: Pete Jackson, Stewardship Coordinator
Call with Questions:  224-612-1803

Please note:  Any last minute changes due to weather, etc. will not be posted here.  Make sure that you are on Pete’s phone or email list to get the most up to date changes.

See Checklist, Work Site Notes/Directions, & Chainsaw Information below – Hope to see you out there!

Upcoming Work Days:


 Sunday, April 7, 2024
9 – Noon
Tamarack West

This site is located on the south side of Tryon Grove Road 1.2 miles west of the intersection of Routes 12 and 31 in Richmond, IL.

A Google map to the Tamarack West site from the intersection of Routes 12 and 31 is here: The entrance will be marked with a ‘Hackmatack Workday’ sign.

We will be working to clear the fence line along Tryon Grove Road.

Sunday, April 28, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location TBA

McConnell Farm WorkDays
6102 Broadway, Richmond IL
Google Maps:
These are McHenry County Conservation Department stewardship days. Friends of Hackmatack NWR partners with this group to help achieve environmental goals. Join us to help cut buckthorn and other invasive species on the 10-acre property. It is a 1868 homestead & barns, with oaks and hickories. We may also perform minor construction projects. Workdays are typically followed by lunch at the farm across the street.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Rommy Lopat,, 847-922-0437,
or to Michelle Wilson,, 847-414-6264. If you are on the list, they will be able to plan for lunch, and will contact you if the event should be cancelled due to weather or other circumstances.

Sunday, April 7, 2024:  Work Day cancelled
Sunday, May 26, 2024
9 AM – 11 AM
McConnell Farm
6102 Broadway, Richmond, IL



Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty,
Bring your own drinking water. 
Protective clothing (long pants, not leggings) recommended.
Be sure to check your email before you head out to make sure the event is on. If there is no email by  8 AM, we are on!

We’ll provide workgloves, hand tools, safety glasses and a snack.

If you are under the age of 18, you will need to bring a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.  This is a different waiver form than the one we have used at other, non-refuge sites, and it is a bit complicated, but as long as we get the signature of a parent or guardian you will be fine. (You do not need to sign, just your parent/guardian.)  Note that some parts of this form are left blank. Take particular care to ensure your parent or guardian completes sections 1-19 and 28-36:
→ contact information,
→ parental consent section
→ emergency contact section
→ parent/guardian signature  

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Special Message for Chainsawyers and Others Cutting Brush: McHenry County Conservation District staff occasionally do work on Hackmatack parcels (both on and off refuge) through a memorandum of understanding with the Fish and Wildlife Service.  Often this involves the use of machines such as a skid steer that can bunch up un-burned brush left laying around in small piles.  MCCD staff has had problems with high stumps, as this interferes with the ability to drive the skid steer across the land, in fact it can give them quite a jolt.  In addition, their skid steer can not pick up short pieces of wood, i.e. less than about 6 feet in length, which fall through the arms of the skid steer.  Therefore, they have asked us to cut stumps as low as possible, and also to leave as many stems 6 feet or longer as possible.  Length is not an issue when working off refuge and when we are planning on burning our own piles.  Also, big logs cannot be easily moved when left long, so some larger pieces will have to be cut short.  Just a reminder as we want to work in a way that supports our partner, MCCD given the great work they do for us!  Thanks!

Work Site Notes & Directions:

Tamarack Core Area: Blackmon Tract

Blackmon Parking

Please DO NOT try to pull in on the West side of Route 12 – there is no on-site parking.





Parking is available directly across from the Blackmon site on the east side of Route 12. Park in the Richmond Village Hall lot, 5601 Hunter Dr. The site’s entrance driveway is located on the west side of Route 12, just west of the McHenry County Conservation District’s Prairie Trail. Take care crossing busy Route 12. The entrance will be marked with a ‘Hackmatack Workday’ sign.

Queen Anne Prairie Core Area: Perricone-Schaid Tract

The parking lot is located southwest of the intersection of Rte. 47 & Thayer Rd.

42°24’30.4″N 88°26’19.3″W
Greenwood Township, IL
The entrance is across from a farm with a big white barn, and will be marked with a ‘Hackmatack Workday’ sign.

Perricone-Schaid, Queen Anne Prairie Core Area map

Queen Anne Prairie Core Area: Schaid Savanna

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The access to the site is via a small lane off of Route 47.  There are actually two lanes off of Route 47 at this location; turn into the lane that is furthest south.  (The north lane is private and goes into some residences.)  The turn-in lane is a bit hard to see, but look for the Hackmatack signs

The small lane into the site is located on the west side of Route 47, 4.6 miles south of Route 173 in Hebron, and 6.1 miles north of Route 120 in Woodstock.  The turn-in lane is also 0.5 miles south of Thayer Road and just south of the Hackmatack parking lot on Route 47 and the bridge.  

42.4068644, -88.4382569
Greenwood Township, IL
Google Maps Link:

Greenwood Corridor: Tamarack West Tract
tamarack-westThis site is located on the south side of Tryon Grove Road 1.2 miles west of the intersection of Routes 12 and 31 in Richmond, IL.

A Google map to the Tamarack West site from the intersection of Routes 12 and 31 is here: The entrance will be marked with a ‘Hackmatack Workday’ sign.

Greenwood Corridor: Tryon Grove Tract
This site is on the north side of Tryon Grove Road, 1.5 miles west of the intersection with Routes 12 and 31. If you are familiar with our Tamarack West site, the Tryon Grove site is across the road and a bit further west (and on the north side of Tryon Grove Road). The entrance will be marked with a ‘Hackmatack Workday’ sign.
7008 E. Tryon Grove Rd.
Richmond, IL  60071
42.447970, -88.332620

Tryon Grove site map


Goose Pond Corridor:  Turner Tractmap to Turner Tract

This site is located northwest of  Genoa City Wisconsin, 6 minutes from Richmond, IL.

Follow U.S. Route 12 out of Richmond, and stay west as it turns into Walworth St. (do NOT take the exit to follow Route 12 to Lake Geneva).

Take Walworth St. into Genoa City and turn right (north) on Freeman St.

Follow County Highway H out of Genoa City. After the last houses on the left, watch for the small parking lot with the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge sign.

Google Maps:

Photo credit for all maps on this page:  Google Maps

Friends of Hackmatack NWR

P.O. Box 413
Richmond, IL 60071


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