Partnership Week 2020 – Land Conservation Partners

photo of wetlands at Dale B. Engquist Nature Preserve
Wetlands at Dale B. Engquist Nature Preserve

Our partners in land conservation include individuals and families, non-profits and private corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies. They provide advice, expertise, and funding to help us preserve precious natural lands and waters here in northwestern Indiana.

We recently protected another 50 acres of land within the Little Calumet River Conservation Area. The parcel is adjacent to our Dale B. Engquist Nature Preserve, and Indiana DNR’s Reynolds Creek Fish and Wildlife area. Along with Indiana Dunes National Park’s Heron Rookery Unit, nearly 2,000 acres of contiguous land are now protected at this site, providing significant wildlife habitat!

The property is mostly wet agricultural land, so, it will be likely converted to wetland habitat. As part of our strategic plan, we’ve begun exploring an Agriculture Protection Program. We’re learning more about agricultural land preservation and best management practices used by farmers to help conserve soil and water, and have begun partnering with the local agricultural community, Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District, NRCS, enFocus, Porter County Stormwater Management, Calumet Land Conservation Partnership, and individual donors, along with the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Department of Natural Resources.