National Wildlife Refuge System

Friends of Hackmatack

Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnership, IL, received a 2012 Partners in Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior.  One of 17 organizations honored for exemplary conservation results through public-private cooperation and community engagement,  Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnership is a grassroots conservation effort that involves citizens from two states.

The Friends group is partnering with nonprofit organizations and federal, state and local governments to establish the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge would be within reach of Chicago, IL, and Milwaukee, WI. The partnership’s efforts have resulted in unprecedented outreach at the local and national level in support of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge and the mission and goals of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Hack-ma-tack is an Algonquin Indian word for the tamarack tree. On August 15, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar authorized the establishment of the refuge. The refuge would provide for restoration of wetlands, prairie and oak savanna habitat for 109 species of plants and animals of concern. The refuge is not officially established until the first parcel of land is purchased or donated.

The proposed refuge property includes a 300-year-old black oak tree that invites young explorers.
Credit: Tina Shaw/USFWS
Last updated: November 8, 2012