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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

The Field Museum

National Forest Foundation


The Conservation Foundation

The Conservation Fund

University of Illinois at Chicago

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

Bridgeport Coffee

Caesars Foundation

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Dr. Scholl Foundation

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

DuPage Foundation

Dynegy Hennepin Power Station


Full Circle Foundation

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Grand Victoria Foundation

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund

Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council

Marquis Energy, LLC

National Forest Foundation

New Belgium Brewing

North American Power

Oberweiler Foundation

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

The Siragusa Foundation

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Program

U.S. Forest Service, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

William Blair & Company Foundation

Winnetka Garden Club


2015 Sponsors

20th-Anniversary Event Sponsors:

Whole Foods Market

BMO Harris Bank

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company / A Wintrust Community Bank

Mackie Consultants, LLC


Dick and Liz Uihlein

20th-Anniversary Beverage Sponsors:

Bridgeport Coffee

Flickinger Wines


New Belgium Brewing



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.


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.

Bird Conservation Network
The Wetlands Initiative is a member of this coalition of about 20 organizations that advocates for and promotes the well-being of the native birds of the Chicago region and the habitat needed to support them.

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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.

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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. For federal employees, our CFC# is 40841.

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.

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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.

Middle Illinois River Conservation Collaborative
MIRCC is a group of local, regional, and national conservation entities who seek to protect and restore the lands and waters within the Illinois River ecosystem.

Millennium Reserve

TWI is part of the Millennium Reserve partnership. Millennium Reserve is a transforming region with thriving commerce, communities, and wildlife in the Calumet and southeast Chicago lakefront areas.

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.