Land & Resources Management

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is the largest island in the archipelago of protected areas that collectively compromise the Chicago Wilderness. Although seriously degraded in many places, it respresents by far the best chance in the region to reassemble the full array of species and natural processes typical of tallgrass prairies, including the reintroduction of bison.

Nothing on this scale or complexity has ever been attempted before. Turning back the clock from a landscape dominated by rusting munitions factories and abandoned ammunitions bunkers into a 20,283 acre pristine tallgrass prairie will strain our collective intellect, willpower, and pocketbook. These challenges are what fire the imagination and what make the long term vision for the Midewin so compelling. 

To read more about the Midewin's history, mission and shared vision - click HERE.




Travel Management

The U.S. Forest Service is committed to balancing your needs for access to the National Forests & Prairie with the responsibility to sustain a productive, diverse, and healthy forest/prairie. This section contains the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie's plans for future road management and addressing concerns about the future sustainability of the Tallgrass Prairie's road system.

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