Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge will help connect the disparate dots of conserved land in southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois into a cohesive picture of landscape-level conservation. The new refuge forms the nucleus of a regional conservation identity.
Goals for Hackmatack Refuge were developed within the framework of the National Wildlife Refuge System’s mission statement, the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the Refuge’s primary purposes, and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policy and directives. The goals are intentionally broad statements that describe desired future conditions. They guide the management of the refuge in the interim period and the development of management objectives and strategies for the Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The goals are to:
During the interim period of this new refuge, priorities for management will include habitat restoration, monitoring and inventory of migratory birds, unique plant communities, and building community support. The landscape composition around the refuge presents a great opportunity to make significant contributions to the conservation of grassland birds. A well planned and organized invasive species control program will be crucial to grassland management, as well as management of the other habitats at the refuge.
Management of forested upland habitat and forested wetland habitats will support nesting interior‐forest‐dwelling birds of concern. Non‐forested wetland habitat will provide spring and fall migratory waterfowl and shorebird habitat. Hackmatack Refuge presently contains a patchwork of wetlands and grasslands, which, when connected, will greatly enhance habitat for species of conservation concern.
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