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Save the Dunes acquires new nature preserve in Pine Township

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The Save the Dunes Conservation Fund has recently acquired 96.3 acres of wet woods in Pine Township, bringing its ownership of nature preserves to 306 acres in Northwest Indiana.

The SDCF acquired the Pine Township property from The Sisters of the Holy Cross. The name of the property is Moreau Preserve, selected by the Sisters in honor of their founder, Father Basil Moreau.

Moreau Preserve is located just south of the new Pine Township School on the Porter/LaPorte County Line Road.

The SDCF last Sunday offered a hike through the preserve for donors who contributed toward the purchase of the property. Participants were treated to the site of hundreds of jack-in-the-pulpits, wild geraniums, and trilliums in the coastal forest.

"Save the Dunes Conservation Fund has a very active land and stewardship program," said Deb Chubb, president of the Save the Dunes Council. "This acquisition is a perfect example of the habitats we are working to keep natural and bio-diverse."

In addition to owning and managing 306 acres, the SDCF holds conservation easements on 107 acres.

For more information on the SDCF’s Land and Stewardship Program, see



Posted 5/22/2008