The refuge’s name, Hackmatack (hack-ma-tack), is an Algonquin word for the very old tamarack trees found in the refuge area that are living remnants of the last Ice Age. As lands for Hackmatack are protected, the refuge will eventually encompass 11,200 acres of this glacial landscape. Over time, Hackmatack will become a mosaic of protected lands that provide habitat for grassland birds, recreation and education opportunities for people, and economic support for local communities.Ultimately, Hackmatack NWR will encompass over 10,000 acres mostly in McHenry County, IL. It has many waterways (and varying landowners and managers), which form the focal point of our adaptation recommendations. It is also home to agriculture tracts and numerous old oak trees.
The overall goal of the project is to manage canopy cover to improve the headwaters and streams in the Nippersink Watershed. Specific objectives include:
Determine the shade potential of trees or shrubs. (1 year)
Make future recommendations of management and acquisition for sites in the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.
Wetlands and water bodies:
Explore differences in stream temperature and quality due to different vegetation treatments. (2-3 years)
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
5.2. Maintain and restore diversity of native species.
7.2. Maintain and create habitat corridors through reforestation or restoration.
6.1. Manage habitats over a range of sites and conditions.
6.2. Expand the boundaries of reserves to increase diversity.