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Images: Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

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McHenry County Conservation District's Ed Collins looks over part of Glacial Park.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

McHenry County Conservation District Natural Resource Manager Ed Collins makes his way back to his truck during a tour of Glacial Park and Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in McHenry County Friday.

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McHenry County Conservation District Natural Resource Manager Ed Collins explains how some of these native areas on the new property have never been touched or farmed.

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Lenore Beyer-Clow, policy director of Open Lands, looks over one of the maps with the new boundaries during a tour of Glacial Park and Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in McHenry County Friday.

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A bird of prey makes a pass over one of the prairies at the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

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McHenry County Conservation District Natural Resource Manager Ed Collins steps gingerly through some of the newly acquired property.

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Glacial Park in McHenry County.

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Water fowl sit on a frozen pond at the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in McHenry County.

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Plenty of open land at the Glacial Park and Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in McHenry County.

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Glacial Park in McHenry County.

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The winter sun sits low in the sky at the Glacial Park and Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in McHenry County.

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Plenty of open land can be viewed by looking north from the visitor center.

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Animal tracks on some of the new property at the Glacial Park and Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in McHenry County.

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Lenore Beyer-Clow makes her way to some of the new property during a tour of Glacial Park and Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Sunlight cascades across prairie plants at the Glacial Park and Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in McHenry County.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 1/22/2013 1:00 AM

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In a ceremony led by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, a chunk of land in McHenry County known as Hackmatack, is dedicated as the only National Wildlife Refuge within 100 miles of Chicago.
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