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Mission

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.

Featured News


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    Fishing to reopen to the public in 2015

    TWI is committed to public fishing at our Dixon Waterfowl Refuge starting this year. We’re currently working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on a starting date ... more.

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    The Dixon Refuge is expanding!

    On December 17, 2014, TWI acquired a new parcel of land that expands the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge to more than 3,000 acres in size and will add even more habitat types to the site ... more.

  • The National Forest Foundation is demolishing old concrete Army ammunition bunkers on the South Prairie Creek Outwash Plain at Midewin, clearing the way for TWI habitat restoration. Photo by Trevor Edmonson/TWI.

    Tackling a new area of Midewin

    Through a major continuing partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF), TWI is restoring a new area of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie where NFF is removing old ammunition bunkers ... more.

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    UIC students help TWI design wetland

    In spring 2014, a team of three engineering students from the University of Illinois at Chicago helped design a farm-based wetland to capture nutrient runoff for TWI’s Big Bureau Creek project ... more.

Visit Our Projects


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    Visit the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes

    Climb the observation tower, hike a boardwalk trail, paddle through a marsh, or enjoy excellent bird-watching at the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge ... more.

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    Experience the region’s largest prairie restoration at Midewin

    Discover Illinois' original prairie-wetland landscape at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, where waving grasses and wildflowers stretch to the horizon ... more.