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Partners and Contributors

Conservation Partners

Audubon: Important Bird Areas Program

Chicago Park District

Chicago Wilderness

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Friends of the Big Bureau Creek Watershed - A Coalition for Clean Water

Illinois Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fisheries

Illinois Nature Preserve Commission

National Forest Foundation


The Conservation Foundation

USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

U.S. Forest Service, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Village of Hennepin


Current Corporate, Foundation, and Government Funders

Alliance Pipeline


Bridgeport Coffee

Caesars Foundation

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Drive Current, Inc. (1% for the Planet member)

DuPage Community Foundation

Dynegy Hennepin Power Station


Full Circle Foundation

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Grand Victoria Foundation

McKnight Foundation

National Forest Foundation

Nicor Gas

New Belgium Brewing Company

North American Power

Patagonia Chicago Magnificent Mile (1% for the Planet member)

Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation

Siragusa Foundation

Tellabs Foundation

U.S. Forest Service, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

William Blair & Company Foundation

Winnetka Garden Club


2013 Sponsors

"From the Corn Belt to the Bayou" Event Sponsors:


Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company

Mackie Consultants

Nicor Gas

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

"From the Corn Belt to the Bayou" Hotel Sponsor:

Hotel Felix

"Go Deep into the Seep" Matching Sponsor:

Marquis Energy, LLC



Memberships and coalitions


1% for the Planet is an alliance of businesses committed to donating at least 1% of their annual profits to environmental organizations worldwide. The Wetlands Initiative is a nonprofit recipient member.


EarthShare Illinois promotes charitable giving through employee payroll deduction workplace giving campaigns to support more than 60 leading environmental and conservation organizations, including the Wetlands Initiative.

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Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance of more than 250 organizations working together to restore local nature and connect people with it to improve the quality of life for all.


The Wetlands Initiative is a member of the Mississippi River Network, a coalition of 39 nonprofit organizations and businesses working from Minnesota to the Gulf to protect the land, water, and people of America's greatest River.

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The EcoMyths Alliance works to clear up the myths and provide the facts on how our daily life is intertwined with the natural world.

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The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway unites more than 100 natural and cultural points of interest throughout the Illinois River Valley. The Wetlands Initiative's Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes is a registered waypoint through the Princeton gateway. 

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) address large-scale natural resource challenges that require a networked approach to conservation. Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC covers the Midwest's heavily agricultural landscape from eastern Kansas/Nebraska across to western Ohio.

The Wetlands Initiative has been a key partner in restoration work at Midewin. Their contributions have helped restore areas that the Forest Service would not have been able to restore alone."

— Wade Spang,
Midewin Prairie Supervisor

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.