Plant Conservation Biology
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.