Shirley Heinze Land Trust and partners improved habitat quality on 80 acres of a boreal Flatwoods habitat complex at the Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve in northwestern Indiana. With the assistance of local college students, the Trust is restoring and improving ecosystem function in this portion of the 350-acre Preserve, located in the headwaters of the Lake Michigan tributary known locally as “White Ditch.” Project activities include: 1) control of 14 invasive plant species through cutting and herbicide application; 2) removal of four abandoned structures on two former home sites; and 3) planting of 2,000 trees. This restoration will both directly and indirectly benefit a variety of wetland habitats and several species of reptiles and amphibians that depend on them. This project is also increasing local conservation capacity by training students in ecological restoration and encouraging neighboring landowners to engage in ecological stewardship of the boreal Flatwoods ecosystem within the watershed.
Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve, owned and managed by Shirley, IN