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Local Izaak Walter chapter honors Dunelanders

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At its annual convention in Evansville on June 7, the Indiana Division of the Izaak Walton League honored three local members for their work on behalf of the Porter County Chapter and its conservation goals.

The mother-and-daughter team of Bonnie and Susan Swarner of Valparaiso was honored for work on the Chapter Family Nature Night program, taken to five schools this spring. Noted chapter president Jim Sweeney, “The Swarners put together an excellent education program to introduce young kids and their families to the nature of northwest Indiana. The kids and the schools loved it.”

Hosted in local grammar schools, the Nature Night program featured displays and demonstrations on the core Izaak Walton conservation goals of protecting the “soil, air, woods, water, and wildlife,” and included local agencies, NIPSCO, parks, and local subject experts in education programs. The chapter estimates over 1,200 contacts were made with children and their families.

Meanwhile, Chesterton resident Donald Frame was recognized for his work with the chapter’s land conservation program centered on Reynolds Creek and the East Branch of the Little Calumet River. “Don is a committed and experienced conservationist who has a passion for conserving land and managing natural resources,” Sweeney said. “I wish we would have met him years ago.”

The Izaak Walton League of America was founded in Chicago in 1922 as the “Defenders of soil, air, woods, water, and wildlife.” The Porter County Chapter was founded in 1958 to help create the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and is still involved in numerous local issues.


Posted 6/16/2014