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Explore the surprising history of what used to be one of the largest inland marshes in North America, the Grand Kankakee Marsh.
Explore the surprising history of what used to be one of the largest inland marshes in North America, the Grand Kankakee Marsh.
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Once known as the Everglades of the North, the Grand Kankakee Marsh (GKM) was one of the largest wetlands in North America. This million-acre marsh covered much of present day Northern Indiana and Illinois, and was home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. For centuries the marsh gave and man took.

Our documentary, "Everglades of the North", will explore the diverse ecology, unveil the astonishing history, and illustrate the controversial saga of the GKM.

We will bring to life the story of how people have used and perceived the GKM from early Native Americans to modern day industrialists, while educating viewers about the vital role wetlands and prairies play in our ecosystem.


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    All donors will receive recognition in the credits at the close of the program.

    In addition, the crew will volunteer to pull invasive plant species during a "restoration day event" in order to help heal the landscape of the Grand Kanakee Marsh. If interested, you will receive and invitation to come out and join us in the Spring!

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    Donors of $25 or more will receive recognition in the credits and one DVD copy of the completed documentary. In addition, you will receive an invitation to come out and join the Izaak Walton League - Diana Chapter and the production crew for a river watch event!

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    Donors of $100 or more will receive recognition in the credits, 2 DVD copies of the completed documentary, and two copies of the soundtrack to the documentary. In addition, you will also receive an invitation to come out and join the crew for a "restoration day" event and the Izaak Walton League and crew for a "river watch" event!

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