CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Federal officials established a new federal wildlife refuge along the Wisconsin-Illinois border.
It will be called the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.
It will eventually cover parts of Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties and parts of northeastern Illinois.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will create the refuge by purchasing land easements from willing sellers.
The goal is to create up to 11,200 acres of wildlife habitat and recreational space close to Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago.
The refuge will be home to more than 100 species of animals and plants.
It will be officially established when the first parcel of land is purchased.
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