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TWI to play key role in seven-year restoration at Midewin

The U.S. Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is big in every sense of the word. At 20,000 acres, it’s the largest prairie restoration effort east of the Mississippi River, as well as the largest public open space in the Chicago metropolitan region. Starting in 2016, TWI will be part of a major restoration expansion at Midewin that’s bigger than anything ever done there before.

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New dixon refuge trail open

See a part of the Refuge you've probably never visited

The new Marquis Oak Ridge Trail at TWI’s Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes is now officially open for visitors to explore. The 2.7-mile crushed-gravel trail, designed for hiking and bicycling, leads from the levee at the north end of the site through rich prairies and wetlands to the newly restored Oak Ridge marsh and savanna complex at the center of the Refuge. 

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VISIT THE DIXON WATERFOWL REFUGE

Climb the observation tower, hike a boardwalk trail, paddle through a marsh, or enjoy excellent birdwatching.

Location & Visiting the Dixon Refuge

VISIT MIDEWIN 

Many parts of Midewin are open to the public for hiking, birdwatching, bison viewing, and other activities. 

Location & Visiting Midewin