Published on Monday, 17 February 2014
The Wetlands Initiative will begin a new project at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge in 2014 that will restore rare oak savanna habitat and more than double the existing trail system, allowing visitors to access and explore the interior of the 3.5-square-mile site for the first time.
Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2013
A grant from Coca-Cola, together with match funding from the National Forest Foundation (NFF), is helping TWI expand its restoration work at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to a large new parcel known as the South Prairie Creek Outwash Plain.
Published on Monday, 02 December 2013
With no traces remaining of any invasive carp, numbers of migratory waterfowl visiting the Wetlands Initiative's Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes this fall are the highest ever recorded, and populations of reintroduced game and native fish are thriving.
Published on Friday, 06 September 2013
In July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the Gulf of Mexico's toxic "dead zone" measures 5,840 square miles this year—about the size of Connecticut. But many small wetlands placed far upstream can help solve this very large problem.
Published on Thursday, 05 September 2013
Several members of TWI's technical staff got a chance to share their work with peers at the fifth National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER), held in Schaumburg, Illinois, from July 29 to August 2.
Published on Monday, 24 June 2013
On Thursday, June 27, TWI senior ecologist Gary Sullivan and board member Mark Maffei talked wetlands on NPR's Worldview with Jerome McDonnell.
Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2013
The Wetlands Initiative is seeing very positive signs that the invasive common carp has finally been eradicated in Hennepin & Hopper Lakes, which provided a window of opportunity this spring to reestablish higher-quality native lake vegetation.
Published on Monday, 10 June 2013
Northeastern Illinois' record heavy rains in April caused the Illinois River to come very close to overtopping the levee that protects the Wetlands Initiative's Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes, which would have been a huge setback for the 12-year-old restoration site.
Published on Friday, 19 April 2013
Jack Darin, Director 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're all missing them today." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Published on Wednesday, 20 February 2013
The partnership between TWI and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to restore a degraded stream has expanded to include public and private "neighbors" of the two targeted forest preserves and individual homeowners throughout the Spring Brook watershed.
TWI in the news
Newspaper and magazine articles
Bureau County farmers can get paid to create wetlands
Illinois project to show Midwest farmers how to grow wetlands for cleaner water
Wetlands’ revival attracts record number of ducks
Coca-Cola is new Midewin partner
Opinion: Riverside wetlands: A smarter investment to moderate flooding
Illinois wetlands get international designation
Dixon Waterfowl Refuge declared a Wetland of International Importance
Restoring prairies in the Prairie State
Midewin Prairie starts to matter
Harvesting the future
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