The keynote speaker will be James Turnwald, Executive Director of the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), the regional planning agency for St. Joseph, Marshall, Kosciusko and Elkhart Counties. Turnwald will provide an update on MACOG’s priorities and new initiatives, including regional mobility as a model for more comprehensive planning in the future, and MACOG’s role with conservation entities like Shirley Heinze Land Trust.
Heinze Trust Executive Director Kristopher Krouse will speak about the mission and work of the organization and its plans for Lydick Bog, a 176-acre property containing one of the last remaining bog habitats in Indiana. “The opportunity to protect Lydick Bog has fostered many new relationships and partnerships in St. Joseph County,” Krouse says. “We are excited to be advancing the cause of land conservation in such a collaborative way.” Krouse will also describe plans to enhance public accessibility at Lydick Bog. A system of hiking trails and interpretive signage will be developed, and a parking lot, public restrooms, and equipment storage structures will follow.