Kristofor Husted and Michelle M. Schaefer/MEDILL
Of the 350,000 acres spread across five counties in Illinois and Wisconsin, about 23,000 are already protected at regional, state and private levels. Up to 30,000 acres may potentially be federally protected should the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s preferred course of action deem so.
Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Map of the 350,000 acre Hackmatack study area.
The lands in the proposed Hackmatack refuge area include streams, wetlands, grasslands and prairies and 110 threatened or endangered plants and animals.