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
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.
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.
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Midewin in the news
Illiana Tollway threat is back for magestic Midewin
Midewin prairie ‘rarer than the rarest rain forest’
Preservationists make case against Illiana
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
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.
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