Located in the low-lying depressions within the open dune complex at the southern tip of Lake Michigan, pannes are an extremely rare wetland community threatened by the invasion of non-native invasive plant species. Save the Dunes Conservation Fund, Inc. will restore unmanaged panne wetland communities throughout northwest Indiana. The project will establish a holistic approach to panne wetland management across jurisdictional boundaries, including two years of invasive plant control in the 9 acres of pannes and 102 acres of surrounding land that is a significant threat to pannes via habitat encroachment and seed source. Controlling invasive species in the panne habitat and surrounding areas will significantly benefit priority species such as the federally listed Pitcher’s thistle. Reducing invasive plant cover on these wetlands will significantly enhance habitat for native flora and fauna, and improve hydrologic function.
IDNL property in Gary and Portage, City of Gary property