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Everglades of the North
The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh
"Never in all my world travels, have I found a more perfect spot, not a more tantalizing river."
General Lew Wallace
Author, BEN HUR
Once known as the Northern Everglades, the Grand Kankakee Marsh was one of the largest
wetlands in North America. This riparian Garden of Eden covered much of present-
Native Americans considered the Grand Marshʼs waters natureʼs womb. Louis the XIV would claim the land as “New France.” Sportsman and market hunters called it “paradise.” Industrialists made their fortunes from its seemingly endless natural resources. For centuries the marsh gave and man took.
What became of the Grand Kankakee Marsh?
Summary & Objective
Everglades of the North will explore the diverse ecology, unveil the astonishing history, and illustrate the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh (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. We will deliver viewers the ongoing and living story of the
marsh through expert interviews, beautiful high-
BRIAN KALLIES (Producer, Director of Photography, Editor) is a seasoned producer,
director of photography and editor of broadcast documentaries, short films, television
specials, and commercials. He was production manager and senior producer at WYIN-
JEFF MANES (Producer, Writer) writes the syndicated column Salt, that tells the stories
of the working class in the Calumet Region. Jeff’s literary career was born out of
PAT WISNIEWSKI (Producer, Director of Photography) began her production company,
For Goodness Sake Productions, with the mission of producing quality films that
make a difference. She began filmmaking at WYIN-
TOM DESCH (Producer, Director of Photography, Editor) is an independent documentarian and commercial editor and shooter (Towers Productions, Axiom Megamedia). He has edited numerous shows for broadcast and cable for PBS, The Biography Channel, and Animal Planet. His 2011 documentary, The Field, about Chicago’s proposed third airport is currently on the festival circuit. Tom grew up in Kankakee County, IL and fondly remembers fishing with his father for bullhead on the banks of the Kankakee River.
Information Provided By:
For Goodness Sake Productions, LLC
This is a short promo for an upcoming PBS documentary. To help support the production of this documentary.
Other Links Of Interest About The Grand Kankakee Marsh
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This web site describes the status of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's involvement
in restoration of the Grand Kankakee Marsh in northwestern Indiana
Directions to The Grand Kankakee Marsh. Exit Interstate 65 at Route 2
Click here for a Map of Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park
The Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project (IGKMRP) is dedicated to the recovery and perpetuation of waterfowl and other wetland wildlife
P.O. Box 110
Shelby, Indiana 46377
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This promo video is produced by
Goodness Sakes Production.
Contact as follows:
Pat Wisniewski 219-
Jeff Manes 219-
Northwest Indiana Chapter of Waterfowl USA
1707 South Cline Avenue, Griffith, IN, 46319
Don Roberts (219) 322-
John Jelinek (219) 465-
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