There’s more public land in Illinois. The state’s Department of Natural Resources has another 547 acres. “What we’re going to do is protect not only our outdoor heritage but protect our right to hunt and fish and to enjoy nature as well,” said Marc Miller, director of the DNR. The land includes the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, 72 acres in McHenry County.
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“One of the things we need to do here in Illinois is to provide those 13 million people with the opportunities that they can enjoy all the different things we can enjoy, but allow for us to do that in a short drive from their home,” Miller said.
In Ogle County: 64 acres was added to Lowden-Miller State Forest.
In Vermilion County: 94 acres were added onto Kickapoo State Recreation Area.
In Pike County: 411 acres of land acquired, to be used for hunting.
In McHenry County: Acquired Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, 72 acres.