The Shirley Heinze Land Trust and its partners restored restored 45 acres of fire-suppressed, remnant bur oak savanna habitat in the Hobart Marsh complex in northwest Indiana. Trees and shrubs were mechanically cleared to restore the structure typical of a savanna. In addition, prescribed burning was used to reduce leaf litter and smaller woody debris. A diverse native herbaceous plant layer was restored with an appropriate seed mix. Permanent sample plots were used to measure pre- and post-treatment conditions and in order to monitor the site in the future. This project expanded a recently restored 10-acre area by completing Phase II (15 acres) and Phase III (30 acres) of the planned restoration activities at this site.
Bur Oak Woods Nature Preserve in Hobart, IN