Comments being taken on proposed wildlife refuge

This is a map of the Hackmatack Refuge Study Area. Click for a larger view.

An agency of the US government is gathering opinions on the creation of a new wildlife refuge that includes parts of Western Kenosha County.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is studying the possibility of creating the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge out of 11,000 acres in Illinois and Wisconsin.

The proposed boundaries of the refuge include most of Western Kenosha County west of Highway 83/75.

Here’s a FAQ on the refuge for private property owners.



  1. BJ says:

    Just what we need, more governing bodies telling us what we can and cannot do with our own land. Our rights are slowly being chipped away at people, we all need to keep an eye on this, and make sure they know we will not silent.

  2. kc says:


    You are invited to share your thoughts with Fish and Wildlife Service planners at open house events scheduled in October.

    Two open houses are scheduled in Illinois:

    * Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McHenry County Government Center Administration Building, which is located at 667 Ware Road in Woodstock, Ill.
    * Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood, Ill.

    Two open houses are scheduled in Wisconsin:

    * Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Bristol Municipal Building, 19801 83rd Street, Bristol, Wisconsin.
    * Thursday, Oct. 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the City of Lake Geneva City Hall, 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, Wis.

    Comments on the Refuge proposal are welcome; they are most useful if we receive them by Nov. 1, 2010, but we are interested in your comments throughout the planning process. Please direct e-mail comments to: Comments can also be mailed to:

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Division of Conservation Planning
    Attn: Proposed Hackmatack NWR
    BHW Federal Building, Room 530
    1 Federal Drive
    Ft. Snelling, MN 55111

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