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.