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. What was once prairie and forest has turned to strip malls, Jewels, and Home Depots. Fortunately, Friends of Hackmatack stepped in and saved a huge swath of land from this burgeoning growth and saved the region from ourselves. In a press release by the friends, Lenore Beyer-Clow, Woodstock, Illinois resident and Policy Director at Openlands stated: "A small group of people cared passionately enough about the natural spaces near where they live to pursue a dream of giving the area national recognition.