Board President Kelly Carmichael welcomed guests, thanked sponsors, and acknowledged the recent passing of environmentalist Lee Botts, a founding member of our Advisory Council, who was a tireless champion for the protection of Lake Michigan and the environment in Northwest Indiana.
Following the award presentation, Executive Director Kristopher Krouse provided an overview of our land conservation mission and work. He highlighted three sites: Lydick Bog Nature Preserve in St. Joseph County, Meadowbrook Nature Preserve and Conservation Center in Valparaiso, and preserves along the East Branch of the Little Calumet River. Significant progress has recently been made at all three locations, and planning is underway for additional public access and community engagement, as well as for a more comprehensive conservation vision and resiliency for the land the organization protects.
Krouse concluded the presentation by showing a brief video about the organization which was produced as part of a 2018 National Excellence Award from the Land Trust Alliance. To watch the video, got to http://www.heinzetrust.org/video.html