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"Wetland Matters" Archives

From 1996 to 2009, the Wetlands Initiative published short articles on the history, ecology, or biology relating to wetland restoration. Copies of each article are available to download below.

Old Watery Highway Could Lead to New Development on the Illinois
By Stephen F. Christy, Jr. Vol. 11, No. 1. July 2009.

In the Field

The Wetlands Initiative is the only organization in the region focused on the on-the-ground restoration of wetland ecosystems for the myriad services they provide people, wildlife, and the environment. On these pages you can dig in deeper to the world of wetland restoration.

Field Notes
Seasonal happenings at our restoration sites, as told by ecologists, volunteers, and others in the field.

Photo Galleries
Albums of restoration work in progress, Initiative events, and the plants and wildlife thriving at our sites.

Ask the Scientist
Answers from staff experts to your burning questions on wetlands work.

Wetland Matters
Back issues of our popular series on Illinois history, ecology, and biology relating to wetland restoration.



Dore family returns farmland to wetlands

When Irish immigrant Patrick Dore encountered the fertile floodplains of the Illinois River in 1850, he envisioned a farm amid the marshes and swamps on his new property. Four generations later, the Dores have returned the land to the river.


  • Ask the Scientist

    The Wetlands Initiative's staff scientists answer your questions about our work, restoration, wetland ecosystems, and how we value them. Do you have a question? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get it answered.

  • Field Notes

    The "Field Notes" feature brings you along to learn more about the seasonal happenings at the Initiative's restoration sites. Entries are written by TWI restoration supervisors, interns, volunteers, and other people working “in the field.”

Directions and More Information

Map to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Google Maps driving directions (to Welcome Center)

Click here to visit the U.S. Forest Service’s Midewin website for directions to the Welcome Center and other points of interest.

Midewin in the news

Midewin named a 'Treasured Landscape'

Watch this video from the National Forest Foundation to learn more about the story of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the new 10-year plan for its restoration.

It is part of the Tellabs Foundation's mission to encourage understanding and protection of the environment, and this project does both. We are grateful for the Initiative's work to restore Midewin."

— Meredith Hilt, Tellabs Foundation Executive Director, on supporting the Grant Creek Restoration Project

Mission Statement

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.