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Shirley Heinze Land Trust honored with national award

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Shirley Heinze Land Trust has received a National Excellence Award from the Land Trust Alliance, a land conservation organization representing more than 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than 5 million members nationwide.

“With this award, the Land Trust Alliance celebrates the dedication and passion of Shirley Heinze Land Trust,” Land Trust Alliance said in a statement released today. “Their work covers six counties in Northwest Indiana, helps large populations of the under-served, and conserves a vast spectrum of biodiversity. Their board and staff are continuously evolving the way they engage volunteers and community.”

The award was presented during the welcoming dinner of Rally 2018, the organization’s National Land Conservation Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., October 11-13. Two similar awards were also presented to other organizations.

“There are many ways to make a difference,” Land Trust Alliance Andrew Bowman said. “Each of these winners have made their communities and their nation a better place. On behalf of the entire land conservation community, I extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation.”

“On behalf of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, our supporters, and many partners, we are delighted to receive this honor”, said Kristopher Krouse, executive director of Shirley Heinze Land Trust. “Our work to protect and restore the rich variety of natural communities in northwestern Indiana, and to inspire people to appreciate the natural world, is truly a collaborative effort. We are grateful for the recognition of these efforts by Land Trust Alliance.”

Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has protected, restored and maintained northwestern Indiana’s rich and significant natural communities, including tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune-and-swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, bogs, and riparian habitat. More than 2,400 acres in Porter, Lake, LaPorte, and St. Joseph counties have been preserved for the public’s benefit.



Posted 10/19/2018





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