Applications are being accepted now for The Friends of Shirley Heinze Land
Trust announce the third annual “Bringing Nature Home” Awards given to
landscapes which use native plants. In the last two years, about twenty
individuals, schools, developers, towns, and other institutions have been
honored with this award.
All plantings in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties are eligible.
Applications can be downloaded from
Applications are due July 26, 2013.
The Friends of the Heinze Trust will visit the plantings, and awards will be
given in the fall.
Scientific studies have shown that planting native plants is beneficial to
birds, butterflies, and all native animals because the plants attract the
native insects which are the base of the food chain. Since so much of the
ecosystems which existed before settlement have been replaced, planting
natives is one way individuals and entities can help to bring nature back to
Northwest Indiana. The program is named after a well known book by Douglas
Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home. Dr. Tallamy’s studies prove the benefit of
Shirley Heinze Land Trust manages approximately 1,300 acres of natural land
in LaPorte, Lake, and Porter Counties. Five of its properties -- Cressmoor
Prairie, Seidner Dune & Swale, John Merle Coulter Preserve, Barker Woods,
and Ambler Flatwoods -- have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as
State Nature Preserves. Included in the Heinze Trust’s
holdings are examples of the entire spectrum of natural communities in this
area: tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune and
swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, and riparian habitat. The
Heinze Trust has also made contributions toward the purchase of natural
areas owned by other entities, including the Indiana DNR, The Contact
Shirley Heinze Land Trust at 219-242-8558, for more information or visit
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