Midwest Region


Service Joins Partners to Restore Chicago’s Burnham Wildlife Corridor

May 10, 2014

Partners in Chicago are working together to develop the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. Photo by Louise Clemency/USFWS.
Partners in Chicago are working together to develop the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. Photo by Louise Clemency/USFWS.

On Saturday, May 10, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joined the Chicago Park District and volunteers from around the Chicago Area to plant trees to develop the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, a new natural area in Chicago’s Burnham Park. 

The corridor creates a 100-acre ribbon of urban wilderness running through one of the city’s premier lakefront properties. The corridor is located within the Millennium Reserve, one of two sites in Illinois to be included in President Obama's "America's Great Outdoors" initiative.

The event was conducted in partnership with Chicago Wilderness, The Field Museum, Friends of the Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Openlands, Audubon - Chicago Region, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

During the event, Service Director Dan Ashe thanked participants and partners and said, “The Service is pleased to be a part of this project which connects Chicagoans with nature in such a hands-on and meaningful way. Providing habitat in cities along our Great Lakes will make a real difference in conserving our migratory songbirds.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has provided $370,000 funding and technical support to the Chicago Park District for Burnham Wildlife Corridor habitat restoration along Chicago’s south side lakefront via the Great Lakes Coastal Program through Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding. The largest private contributor to overall development of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor is CN railroad with $150,000.

More information is available on Burnham Park at For information about the Service’s work in the Chicago area, go to


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