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Town of Chesterton and Bird Sanctuary nonprofit awarded NIPSCO grants

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The Town of Chesterton is the recipient of an environmental grant from NIPSCO to fund a riparian restoration project in Coffee Creek Park.

That project will include the removal of invasive plant species in the park, as discussed by the Park Board at its meeting earlier this month.

Other local recipients are the Porter County Conservation Trust, which administers the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary, for an Eagle Scout project; and the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, for E-STEAM in the field.

Other grant recipients:

--ACRES Land Trust, Trine University restoration partnership.

--Highland Community Foundation, community tree canopy project.

--Lake Station Community Schools, pollinator garden.

--Little River Wetlands Project, urban turtle education and conservation efforts.

--Michiana Area Council of Governments, Partners for Clean Air/Bicycle Parking Project.

--Michigan City Parks Department, Trail Creek Week.

--NICHES Land Trust, environmental steward docent training.

--Sisters of the Holy Cross, Urban reforestation and pollinator support.

--St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, playscape native plantings.

--The Nature Conservancy in Indiana, East Chicago Monarch outreach and habitat support.

--Town of Churubusco/Smith-Green Community Schools, rain garden.

--IU Kokomo, Camp Persimmon environmental sustainability day camp.

The 15 grants total $50,000.

“The projects funded through the Environmental Action Grant embody the vision of our conservation framework,” said Brian Kortum, NIPSCO manager of natural resources permitting. “Together with our neighboring communities and conservation groups we are striving to be a leader in the preservation, protection and restoration of critical habitats.”

“Using innovative conservation initiatives, NIPSCO is committed to maintaining its infrastructure while protecting the environment,” the company said. “Among other things, NIPSCO works to establish early successional habitat on rights of way, in an effort to create as much pollinator habitat as possible.”

In its fourth year, NIPSCO’s Environmental Grant has donated $200,000 to date, helping 59 projects come to fruition, including support for pollinator habitats in Lake Station, South Bend and East Chicago, a youth environmental sustainability camp in Kokomo, urban turtle education and conservation program in Fort Wayne and land stewardship education for Trine University students in Steuben County in 2019.

To see what NIPSCO is doing to support the environment, visit


Posted 4/22/2019




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