Chicago Wilderness Welcomes the New Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Posted by: Tonyisha Harris
Chicago Wilderness congratulates our members on the recent establishment of the Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Iroquois County, IL. Friends of the Kankakee and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation helped to establish the 66-acre area, including the Kankakee River Basin, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This area incorporates priority wetlands, remnant oak savanna, and grasslands.
The Kankakee River Basin aids in the conservation of fish and wildlife resources. Not only will the wildlife refuge and conservation area sustain and enhance natural areas but also boost economic vitality and the quality of life.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region will partner with the community, Friends of the Kankakee and nine other organizations to create a sustainability plan for the Kankakee County. The area provides the community with outdoor recreation and will eventually be open for public hunting, wildlife observation and photography.