“Shirley Heinze Land Trust has the ability to obtain and leverage funding opportunities to protect strategically located natural lands as they become available,” says Executive Director Kristopher Krouse. “We work in partnership with other land conservation organizations such as the National Lakeshore to identify and acquire high-quality areas with the eventual goal of transferring ownership to the best suited conservation entity.”
Paul Labovitz, Superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, says: “The work of Shirley Heinze Land Trust continues to help protect critical lands supporting the National Park Service mission for the benefit of all Americans. We are fortunate in Northwest Indiana to have a land trust to respond to conservation opportunities. We look forward to continued partner successes.”
Another 1.88-acre parcel of land adjacent to the southern edge of Mnoke Prairie will now become part of the Bailly/Chellberg and Little Calumet River Trail section of the park in Porter County. The property has been managed jointly since 2007 as a tallgrass prairie restoration project.
An assortment of 16 lots totaling 1.55 acres of wooded dunes becomes part of the Miller Woods portion of the park in Lake County. Another small group of lots totaling 0.18 of an acre has been added to the Tolleston Dunes unit in Porter County.