Construction Project to Restore Habitat

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Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge Initiates

A partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois Conservation Foundation and Ducks Unlimited, Inc will enhance wetland habitat on the Wilder Tract of Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, in Fulton County. Project construction began on August 23 and is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks.

Several wetland areas are being restored by removing silt deposited during flood events. The area is typically used by shorebirds and waterfowl during spring and fall migration periods. The project was originally scheduled to begin in June however regular flooding has caused delays. During the construction period, the entire Wilder Unit will be closed to all hunting including the early Canada goose and teal season.

According to Refuge Manager Lee Albright, there is currently no standing water on most of the area so waterfowl use and hunting would be marginal if the closure were not in effect. There will be signs placed at the main public access point.

The area will be re-opened to hunting before the regular waterfowl season begins in late October. The public hunting area in the oxbow unit located between Highway 78/97 and the river will remain open during the construction period.

The hunting area accessed using Forgotten Road will remain open during the construction project.

For questions regarding this temporary closure please contact Refuge Manager Lee Albright or Assistant Manager Ron Fisher by calling the refuge headquarters at 309-535-2290.

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