About the Refuge and Contacts

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Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is located in McHenry County, Illinois and Walworth County, Wisconsin. The refuge aims to restore and connect a landscape that includes large blocks of grasslands, wet prairies, and natural stream watercourses.

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge was officially established on November 6, 2012  with the donation of a 12-acre conservation easement. The easement was purchased for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Openlands through a donation from the Friends of Hackmatack and the McHenry County Conservation Foundation.


Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge will connect the dots of conserved land in southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. Refuge lands and conservation easements will link lands conserved by local, county, and state agencies and private organizations.

 

Working with our partners, the refuge will ultimately improve or restore over 11,000 acres of drained wetland basins, historic prairie, and forest habitats. We restore habitat by purchasing lands and easements (from willing sellers), helping landowners restore their land, and working with partners.