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DNR moves to expand Hoosier Prairie preserve

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The Natural Resources Commission on Tuesday approved a request for a public hearing on a proposed addition to the Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve and changes to the site’s management master plan.

Hoosier Prairie is a 304-acre nature preserve in Lake County that was first dedicated in 1978. The proposal would add just over 275 acres to the preserve and amend the master plan to allow modern techniques in management of the prairie habitat. These would include the ability to plant native prairie plants, if needed, and to convert former pasture into prairie and savanna habitats. In addition, several new parking lots could be added in the future, if needed.

The state Nature Preserves Act requires a public hearing before articles of dedication for a nature preserve can be amended.


Posted 3/20/2013