Land in Fulton County that was farmed for more than 80 years is being returned to its original wetland state – and the early results are promising for what’s now the Emiquon Nature Preserve.
Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon recognized two wetlands along the Illinois River for their importance to conservation.
The Emiquon Complex near Lewistown and the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge near Hennepin received the Ramsar designation this year. The honor highlights efforts to restore both sites to their natural states.
Before a ceremony at Dickson Mounds Museum, Simon said the international designation can help boost tourism for the region.