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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
information on the work and nature preserves of Shirley Heinze Land Trust,