‘Dream Realized’ as Conservation Groups Add 1,000 Acres to Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

A large nature preserve with wetland and rolling fields.

A 1000-acre parcel of land slated for development will now be protected forever. Tamarack Farms was purchased by The Conservation Fund, Illinois Audubon Society, and Openlands. It will be the newest addition to the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge was established in 2012 and covers a large area in Walworth County, Wisconsin and McHenry County, Illinois. The 985-acre farm is now the single largest property within the boundaries of the refuge.

“In many ways, acquisition of Tamarack Farms represents a ‘dream realized’ for a small group who first came together over two decades ago to advocate for its protection as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system,” Steve Byers, chair of Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, said in a statement.

Read more in this article by WTTW.

Photo by The Conservation Fund.