Shirley Heinze Land Trust and partners restored 47 acres of interdunal wetland habitats that had been degraded by fire suppression and invasive plants in the Indiana Dunes region. Methods included manual and chemical control of invasive woody and herbaceous plants in sensitive habitats, installation of native seed mixes, and vegetation monitoring to document baseline conditions and quantify results. Volunteer events involved neighbors of the sites and other local residents in some restoration tasks. Laboratory classes and student interns from Valparaiso University conducted the vegetation monitoring. The Department of Natural Resources and Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department assisted with controlled burns planned to stimulate the growth of native grasses. This project built on previous work and complemented work being done on neighboring lands managed by the National Park Service.
Properties owned by Shirley Heinze Land Trust in Lake and Porter Counties, IN, adjacent to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore