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Michiana Area Council of Govts. Director to Speak at Heinz Luncheon
 
03/27/2018 01:32 PM

Shirley Heinze Land Trust will host a Partnership Luncheon for its conservation partners and the general public on Friday, April 13th, at the Century Center, located at 120 South St. Joseph Street in downtown South Bend. The keynote speaker will be James Turnwald, Executive Director of the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), the regional planning agency for St. Joseph, Marshall, Kosciusko and Elkhart Counties. Turnwald will provide an update on MACOG’s priorities and new initiatives, including regional mobility as a model for more comprehensive planning in the future, and MACOG’s role with conservation entities like Shirley Heinze Land Trust.

Heinze Trust Executive Director Kristopher Krouse will speak about the mission and work of the organization and its plans for Lydick Bog, a 176-acre property containing one of the last remaining bog habitats in Indiana. “The opportunity to protect Lydick Bog has fostered many new relationships and partnerships in St. Joseph County,” Krouse says. “We are excited to be advancing the cause of land conservation in such a collaborative way.”

Krouse will also describe plans to enhance public accessibility at Lydick Bog. A system of hiking trails and interpretive signage will be developed, and a parking lot, public restrooms, and equipment storage structures will follow.

Registration for luncheon guests begins at 11:30 a.m., and the program starts 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 Monday, April 9.

Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has protected, restored and maintained 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. 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. Five of its properties have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as state nature preserves. The organization also works to educate people of all ages to appreciate the importance of land conservation, and to experience the natural wonders of this unique region. Its work is accomplished through a partnership of volunteers, donors, and professionals.

For more information on the work and programs of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, call 219-242-8558, or visit www.heinzetrust.org and www.facebook.com/heinzetrust .

Reference
Barbara Labus
219-242-8558
 
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