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Partnership Will Restore and Protect 1,630 Wildlife Acres

Monday, October 05, 2015

In August, NIPSCO announced that 183.5 acres will be protected with another 1,444.6 acres undergoing a range of restoration efforts. According to a company press release, the land will be preserved and restored for public education and enjoyment with an additional focus on improving the biodiversity and habitats for many of the region's plant and animal life.

The money is being provided as part of a consent decree between NIPSCO and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

In the press release, Kelly Carmichael, vice president of environmental safety and sustainability for NIPSCO and NiSource, said this move was critical for the protection of the region's natural environment.

"We are proud that this collaborative effort is among some of the largest land conservation and restoration efforts in northwest Indiana’s recent history,” Carmichael said, “and one that will leave a lasting impact on future generations.”

Environmental groups involved in the selection of project sites include Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Save the Dunes, National Park Trust, and The Nature Conservancy.

The projects include:

  • Canonie "Discovery School Property" and Munson Place, Porter County
  • Don and Mary Frame Little Calumet Conservation Area, Porter County
  • Little Calumet Wetlands at the Keith Richard Walner Nature Preserve, Chesterton
  • Liverpool Nature Preserve, Lake Station
  • McCloskey Burr Oak Savanna Nature Preserve, Hobart
  • Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, Liberty Township
  • Pannes at West Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore West Beach
  • Pinhook Bog, Coolspring Township
  • Smith Family Properties, Porter County
  • South Long Lake Uplands and Wetland Margins, Indiana Dunes



People gather at the Indiana Dunes Visitors Center for a luncheon to celebrate $2 million in land acquisition and restoration projects throughout Northwest Indiana.