One of the first eight in nation to connect cities with National Wildlife Refuges
The National Wildlife Refuge System is a constellation of more than 150 million acres of preserved land across the United States, managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. While a surprising number of these wildlife refuges aren’t far from urban centers, many are in wilder, more remote areas. With 80% of Americans now living in cities, the Service began to recognize that to maintain support for a strong refuge system it must connect with the millions of people living in cities. Thanks to a new partnership, the Forest Preserves will serve as a vital link in that connection, and further its own mission at the same time.