The Porter County
Park Board has been asked to partner with other organizations in
contributing to a future North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)
grant that could protect wetland areas in Porter County.
Walter Lenckos told the board at its meeting Thursday night that the
Conservation Fund is seeking partners for a NAWCA grant which is funding a
Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration project. NAWCA grants are matched on a
one-to-one basis by groups of partners that can include a mix of local and
national organizations, such as local chapters of the Sierra Club, Ducks
Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever. Groups can also contribute land or work
hours rather than financial support, Lenckos said.
Rich Hudson said there would be no room in the budget to contribute money,
but the board may be able to offer land on the Kankakee River near Baum’s
The board took no
action on the matter in anticipation of more information. Lenckos will
communicate further with the Conservation Fund.
In other business,
the Northern Indiana Historical Power Association (NIHPA), which
co-sponsored the Haunted Trails at Sunset Hill Park, reported that the
trails were a big success. NIHPA President Nick Misch said that some in
attendance praised the trails as the best they’ve ever been. He also
expressed NIPHA’s excitement for Winter Lights.
those involved in the Haunted Trails for a job well done and gave a reminder
that Winter Lights will be held at from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18,
Sunset Hill Farm Park. Gates open at 3 p.m. and admission is $5 per car.