Illinois' purchase of 72 acres in McHenry County marks the beginning of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.
"This is our parcel, and we will work with the Fish & Wildlife Service on agreements once the refuge becomes more developed."
-- Marc Miller, DNR
According to Miller, the parcel will form the core of a refuge that eventually will cover 11,200 acres in Illinois, and Walworth County, Wisconsin. 85 percent of the land will be in Illinois.
In the attached audio link, Miller discusses how IDNR acquired the land and the role it will play in conservation in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.