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U. S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced federal designation of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, August 15 at Glacial Park. Related: Open letter regarding the proposed Hackmatack National Wildlife RefugeView slideshow:Glacial Park inside Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Friends of Hackmatack have advocated for over eight years for the refuge to be added to the 556 national
wildlife refuges. This is the only national wildlife refuge in northern Illinois and the closest to Chicago. There are currently seven national wildlife refuges in Illinois. All of them are either straddling the Illinois or the Mississippi River corridors. 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.