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Shirley Heinze adds 50 acres to Enquist Nature Preserve in Pine Township

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Shirley Heinze Land Trust is announcing the acquisition of an additional 50 acres within its Little Calumet River Conservation Area, located in Pine Township adjacent to its Dale B. Enquist Nature Preserve and the Reynolds Creek Game bird Habitat Area.

Together with the Indiana Dunes National Park’s Heron Rookery Unit, nearly 2,000 acres of contiguous land are now protected at this site, providing significant wildlife habitat, including for endangered species like the Indiana bat.

“The parcel is mostly agricultural land, with some forested wetlands, emergent marsh, and surround upland woods,” Shirley Heinze said in a statement released today. “Its acquisition is a significant addition to the Little Calumet River Conservation Area, which now includes 518 acres protected by federal, state, local, and private land conservation entities. Wetland restoration will be a major feature of Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s management plan.”

“A generous grant from The Laura Hare Charitable Trust provided most of the funding for the purchase,” Shirley Heinze Executive Director Kristopher Krouse said. “We are also grateful to the grandchildren of Bert and Martha Olson, who sold the property at a bargain sale discount, and two individual donors who made significant contributions. The Little Calumet River Conservation Corridor is an outstanding example of collaboration among disparate partners to protect an important natural feature that provides environmental and recreational benefits to our region. The local agricultural community, the Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Indiana Dunes National Park, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are among out partners.”

Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has protected, restored, and maintained Northwest Indiana’s rich and significant natural communities, including tall grass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flat woods, dune-and-swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, bogs, and riparian habitat. More than 2,600 acres in Porter, Lake, LaPorte, and St. Joseph counties have been preserved for the public’s benefit.


Posted 4/1/2020




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