Shirley Heinze Land Trust will host a Partnership Luncheon for its conservation partners and the general public on Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Gillespie Center, 53995 State Route 933 in South Bend. The keynote speaker is Marge Riemenschneider, past president and treasurer of the South Bend – Elkhart Audubon Society, which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. She will speak about the importance of preserving land as habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Heinze Trust Executive Director Kristopher Krouse will speak about the mission and work of Shirley Heinze Land Trust and will provide updates on public access projects underway at Lydick Bog, a 178-acre nature preserve containing one of the last remaining bog habitats in Indiana. The property was recently dedicated as an Indiana State Nature Preserve. “We are excited about the progress being made at Lydick Bog and throughout St. Joseph County. New collaborations, conservation efforts, and partnerships are developing, and we are proud to be a part of the community,” Krouse says.
Registration for luncheon guests begins at 11:30 a.m. (EASTERN), and the program starts at noon. Tickets and table sponsorships may be purchased by going to www.heinzetrust.org, or by contacting Bonnie Hawksworth at 219-242-8558 or email@example.com. RSVPs are requested no later than Monday, March 18.
Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has protected, restored and maintained northwestern Indiana’s rich and significant natural communities, including tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune-and-swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, bogs, and riparian habitat. More than 2,400 acres in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph Counties have been preserved for the public’s benefit. Shirley Heinze nature preserves feature significant scenic and ecological value, and most are open to the public for hiking and enjoying nature. Six of its properties have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as state nature preserves. The organization also works to educate people of all ages to appreciate the importance of land conservation, and to experience the natural wonders of this unique region. Its work is accomplished through a partnership of volunteers, donors, and professionals.
For more information on the work and programs of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, call 219-242-8558, or visit www.heinzetrust.org and www.facebook.com/heinzetrust.