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.