The Wetlands Initiative is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage.
As the Illinois River Basin floods...
Jack Darin of Sierra Club Illinois writes that with the loss of 90 percent of Illinois' wetlands, we've also lost the tremendous flood protection they provided. We couldn't have said it better ourselves ... more.
New project a whole-watershed effort
The partnership between TWI and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to restore a degraded stream will now include public and private "neighbors" throughout the watershed ... more.
Clearing the way at Lobelia Meadows
Just four months into the Wetlands Initiative's new restoration project at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, nearly all man-made alterations to the landscape have been removed ... more.
Mussels, turtles, and fish, oh my!
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's new Urban Stream Research Center at Blackwell Forest Preserve is expected to play a key role in the Wetlands Initiative's newest project ... more.
Event celebrates global recognition
More than 100 people attended the event August 8th to celebrate the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge's historic designation as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention ... more.
TWI talks conservation with farmers
The Wetlands Initiative worked with the Friends of the Big Bureau Creek Watershed, a coalition for clean water, to hold a free producer workshop on March 2nd in Princeton, Illinois ... more.
Ask the Scientist: GIS
TWI's GIS analyst Jim Monchak explains how he uses GIS to map rare habitat areas, monitor restoration success, and even help identify the best site for a new TWI project ... more.
Visit the region's largest prairie restoration at Midewin
Discover Illinois' original prairie-wetland landscape at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, where waving grasses and wildflowers stretch to the horizon ... more.
Experience the Dixon Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes
Climb the observation tower, hike a boardwalk trail, paddle through a marsh, or enjoy excellent bird-watching at the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge ... more.
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