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Background

Hegewisch Marsh is composed of approximately 100 acres of forests, riverbank, wetlands and uplands in the center of the Calumet Open Space Reserve in southeast Chicago. This is one of the largest undeveloped parcel available for wetlands restoration in Chicago.

In January 2006, the Office of Lt. Governor Pat Quinn received a $750,000 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant (NCWC) from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This money will be combined with approximately $500,000 in state and local funds for the Hegewisch Marsh Restoration Project.

This is the first time Illinois has received a National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant and one of the first urban grants given by the program.

Hegewisch Marsh Restoration Project

This project will demonstrate the potential for industrial, residential and open spaces to coexist in the City of Chicago. The Hegewisch Marsh Restoration Project will restore the site to its natural design. Once completed the site is expected to receive more than 100,000 visitors each year.

Hegewish Marsh is adjacent to the proposed Ford Calumet Environmental Center, which will be an environmentally friendly facility for school field trips and community events. The Ford Center is to be funded separately from the Hegewisch Marsh Restoration Project.

The Hegewisch Marsh Restoration Project is led by Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, the Chicago Department of the Environment and a coalition of state agencies, environmental and community organizations.

The project will protect the habitats of numerous endangered and threatened species including the Bald Eagle and Whooping Crane. Dozens of fish and bird species use the project site.

Status

Trails have been graded using wood chips generated onsite and brought from Chicago Park District's Rainbow Beach. Debris and invasive species have been removed. A controlled burn was completed in Fall 2007 with excellent results. Check back here in late spring for more updates.