At Twin Creeks, Openlands Helps to Connect Hackmatack

July 17, 2014

Just over an hour outside Chicago a sea of native grasses quietly waves in the wind. Burr Oak trees bask in ample sunlight as migratory song birds sing under open skies. The Nippersink Creek peacefully trickles through a dramatic prairie providing a haven for dozens of native species. This is Twin Creeks.

A few months ago, Openlands acquired 23 home sites adjacent to Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in order to protect the area's open space and delicate biodiversity. When Openlands took possession of the properties, formerly known as Twin Creeks Estates, we saw both the potential to ensure protection of these natural resources, and an innovative way to fund further conservation work. While much of Openlands’ work at Hackmatack has been aimed at developing 21st century conservation plans and recreational opportunities, we now have the opportunity to help develop conservation-oriented 21st century living.

Openlands is offering two-acre to seven-acre home sites nestled between core open spaces of the growing wildlife refuge and existing conservation sites managed by the McHenry County Conservation District. We are hoping to develop a pioneering community in the Hackmatack area committed to conservation and stewardship. Initial developments for housing are in place, and we hope this will benefit a broader effort to protect natural areas at the wildlife refuge as the revenues from this project will allow protection of additional acreage in the area.

Twin Creeks offers the opportunity to share in taking responsibility for the stewardship and sustainability necessary for the future health of our region. Openlands embraces innovative strategies to make our goals a reality and we’ve got a new potential for land conservation in the Hackmatack Area. You’ll be hearing much more about this project from Openlands in the future, but in the mean time those who are interested in helping achieve this vision of a conservation community should contact Emy Brawley, Openlands’ Director of Land Preservation, or by phone at 312-863-6274.


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