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Chautauqua, Emiquon, and Meridosia are found along the Illinois River southwest of Peoria while Crab Orchard, Middle Mississippi River, Cypress Creek, and Two Rivers straddle
the mighty Mississippi River. Glacial Park in McHenry County is inside the new boundary of the newly authorized national wildlife refugePhoto credit: Ted Nelson The closest of these seven refuges to Chicago is Chautauqua, which is over three hours away and a two-hundred mile drive. Hackmatack is only seventy miles north. Hackmatack becomes the tenth national wildlife refuge in Wisconsin. It joins the Fox River, Gravel Island. Green Bay, Horicon, Leopold Wetland, Necedah, St. Croix Wetland, Trempealeau, and Whittlesey Creek as number ten in Wisconsin. If you read the comments against the national wildlife refuge on articles
like this, they are usually against government interference. Whatever your feeling about government is, it is unfortunate that when it comes to conservation, it is necessary. Without government land buying and protection, we have a habit of destroying everything in our path. Anyone who has lived in the region can see this if they look at the pattern of growth in the area over the past two decades.