Shallow Marsh

The Mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.


Goals for Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area were developed within the framework of the National Wildlife Refuge System's mission statement, the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the primary purposes for the refuge, and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policy and directives. The goals are broad statements that describe desired future conditions. They guide the management of the refuge and conservation area during its development stages before the development of a  comprehensive conservation plan.  

The interim goals from the 1999 Environmental Assessment that authorized the refuge and conservation area are to:

  • Preserve, restore, and enhance in their natural ecosystems (when practical) all species of animals and plants that are endangered or threatened with becoming endangered
  • Perpetuate the migratory bird resource
  • Preserve a natural diversity and abundance of fauna and flora on Service lands
  • Provide an understanding and appreciation of fish and wildlife ecology and humankind's role in their environment and to provide visitors with high quality, safe, wholesome, and enjoyable recreational experiences oriented toward wildlife to the extent these activities are compatible with the purposes for which each refuge was established  

Next Steps

We intend to keep working on making Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area a success. As a part of this, we hope to minimize any negative financial impacts on local communities (property tax). Thinking long term, the refuge can be a great asset for Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. Learn more about the planning process by visiting our Conservation Planning website.