Shirley Heinze Land Trust invites the public to attend guided hikes and learn more about its plans for Lydick Bog Nature Preserve on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 from 9:30am to Noon EASTERN (8:30am-11am CENTRAL). A short program will begin at 10am, followed by hikes led by Shirley Heinze experts. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are not required for this event.
The 176-acre property, located just west of South Bend, contains one of the last remaining bog habitats in Indiana. Acquired in 2016, it is the organization’s first project in St. Joseph County.
During the program, the organization will present its plans to reforest 20 acres of agricultural fields, restore upland forest and wetlands, and develop trails and other public access amenities.
Current access to the preserve is by guided hike only, until appropriate parking and trail infrastructure can be developed.
Directions to the event: From State Rd 31, take Lincoln Hwy west. Entrance is on the left (south) side of the highway, just west of the Kenrose Motel, and about .35 mi. west of Poppy Rd. Look for the event sign.
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 2,300 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 Northwest 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.