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Shirley Heinze Land Trust to Host Partnership Luncheon in Michigan City
 
10/23/2017 11:57 AM

Shirley Heinze Land Trust will host its annual Partnership Luncheon on Friday, November 3, 2017, at the Long Beach Country Club in Michigan City. The event brings together the local conservation community and representatives of business and civic organizations to learn about the mission and work of Shirley Heinze Land Trust and its plans for the coming year.

Arthur Pearson, Director of Chicago Programs for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, will be the keynote speaker. He will discuss the Foundation’s funding priorities, with a focus on its support for land conservation efforts in the Calumet Region. The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation has been a partner of Shirley Heinze Land Trust since 2005.

Also on the agenda is the presentation of this year’s organizational category of the “Bringing Nature Home” Awards. These annual awards, sponsored by the Friends of Shirley Heinze, recognize local landscaping projects that incorporate native plants. These plants provide a critical source of food, shelter and migration ‘waystations’ for insects, birds and other wildlife, and are an important part of the natural ecosystems of the region. ArcelorMittal's Global Research and Development Facility in East Chicago, The Gary Redevelopment Commission, and The Town of Munster will be recognized for their landscape projects. For more information about the award program, visit the web page R

egistration for the luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at noon. Tickets and table sponsorships may be purchased by going to www.heinzetrust.org, or by contacting Bonnie Hawksworth at 219-242-8558 or bhawksworth@heinzetrust.org . RSVPs are requested no later than Wednesday, November 1st.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been protecting and preserving natural land since 1981. The organization accomplishes its work through a partnership of volunteers, donors, and professionals. More than 2,400 acres in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph Counties have been preserved for the public’s benefit. Shirley Heinze nature preserves feature significant scenic and ecological value, and most are open to the public for hiking and enjoying nature. The organization protects, restores, and maintains examples of the entire spectrum of northwestern Indiana’s rich and significant natural communities, including tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune-and-swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, bogs, and riparian habitat. Five of its properties - Cressmoor Prairie, Seidner Dune & Swale, John Merle Coulter Preserve, Barker Woods, and Ambler Flatwoods - have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as state nature preserves.

 
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