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Shirley Heinze Land Trust acquires rare bog in St Joseph County

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Bird's eye view of Lydick Bog        (Photo Provided)

 

The Shirley Heinze Land Trust has announced the acquisition of a 176-acre property in St. Joseph County which contains one of the last remaining bog habitats in Indiana. This represents a milestone for the organization, its first land conservation project outside of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties.

"It's truly exciting to have Lydick Bog as Shirley Heinze Land Trust's first acquisition in St. Joseph County," said Board President John Swanson. "This is an extremely high-quality natural area, which will now be restored and preserved in perpetuity. We appreciate the encouragement and support we received from environmental and community leaders in St. Joseph County to make this happen."

Located west of South Bend, the property contains wetlands interspersed with high ridges and islands of upland forest. Wetland habitat encompasses approximately 65 acres of the property. Many interesting plant species characteristic of bog habitats have been identified on site, including round-leaved sundew, pitcher plant, winterberry, tamarack, and large cranberry. Twenty acres currently in agricultural production will be reforested. Plans are underway to develop public access.

"The protection of the Lydick Bog, with its unique plant life, is a significant acquisition and an important step in preserving the natural heritage of St. Joseph County. We are thrilled that Shirley Heinze Land Trust has committed to working in St. Joseph County, since a land trust has been sorely lacking here. We are looking forward to collaborating with Shirley Heinze Land Trust, its staff and outstanding volunteers, on future educational projects and endeavors that connect people to our natural resources." said Evelyn Kirkwood, Director of St. Joseph County Parks.

"This acquisition came about thanks to many relationships and partnerships within the St. Joseph County community," said Executive Director Kristopher Krouse. "We look forward to continuing to develop these partnerships and to advance land conservation in the area.

“Shirley Heinze Land Trust now protects 2,100 acres of natural land with a goal to increase that total to 3,000 acres within the next five years," Krouse added.

The Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, The Conservation Fund, and NIPSCO were integral to the process. This land is being conserved, in part, by funding and technical assistance made available as mitigation for impacts caused by the construction and maintenance of the Reynolds Topeka Electric System Improvement Project in partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information on the work and nature preserves of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, visit www.heinzetrust.org, call (219) 242-8558, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/heinzetrust

 

Posted 6/28/2016

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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