2016 Annual Partnership Luncheon
Shirley Heinze Land Trust hosted its Partnership Luncheon on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the historic Spa Banquet Center in Porter. Over 100 guests were in attendance at the event, which is an opportunity to engage the public and local business and civic communities with the environmental conservation community in Northwest Indiana.
During the program, the Department of Natural Resources Division of Nature Preserves was honored for its decades of partnership and support which has helped advance the mission of Shirley Heinze Land Trust to protect important natural areas in northwestern Indiana. The Bicentennial Nature Trust was also recognized for its role in making the protection of Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, the Little Calumet River Corridor and Lydick Bog become a reality.
John Bacone, Director of the DNR Division of Nature Preserves, and Tom Swinford, Assistant Division Director, presented a look back at the fifty-year history of natural area protection in Northwest Indiana. Bacone received a special recognition from Executive Director Kristopher Krouse, who remarked, “Throughout John’s 36 years career as Director, he has weathered many changes in administrations and has been a staunch advocate and supporter of the entire land trust community throughout the state and, without question, has been Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s greatest ally and friend down in Indianapolis for the past 20 years.”
Also during the program, Warren Buckler and Laura Henderson of the 'Friends of Shirley Heinze' group presented the organization category of the 'Bringing Nature Home' awards to Porter County Parks for its Pond and Prairie Restoration project at Sunset Hill County Park, and to LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District for its outreach/demonstration garden, ‘The Community Conservation Walk’, located at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds. For more information about the award program, click here.
We are very grateful to individual event sponsors Myrna Newgent, Anne and Tim Walsh, and Suzy Vance and Tim Griffin, and to our corporate event sponsors, ArcelorMittal, Northern Indiana Public Service, and MonoSol.
Photos from the 2016 Partnership Luncheon