Restoration and Preservation of Boreal Habitat at Ambler Flatwoods
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$117,337.05

Lake Basin(s):

Michigan

Project Location(s):

Located east of Michigan City, Indiana within two miles of Lake Michigan, south of the Indiana and Michigan state line.

The Shirley Heinze Land Trust will control invasive species, reestablish native vegetation, and purchase land to restore and preserve critical boreal habitat located within the Trail Creek and White Ditch watersheds. This work will result in the restoration of 111 acres and the permanent protection of 30 additional acres adjacent to a state-dedicated nature preserve. The habitat being restored is a boreal flatwoods ecosystem, a rare natural community that supports an extremely rich plant community including many species listed as rare, threatened, or endangered in Indiana. Project activities will include controlling non-native invasive plant species on 102 acres, reestablishing native vegetation on 13 acres that had previously been treated for invasive plants, and acquiring and protecting 30–35 acres of land. By acquiring land to act as buffer habitat, controlling invasive species, and reestablishing native plant communities, this work will increase the resiliency of this critical habitat and improve the habitat for a variety of wildlife, including amphibians, insects, and reptiles.

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