ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development in East Chicago dedicated the
opening of its dunes and swale restoration and walking path on Wednesday, in
an event coinciding with the American Heart Association’s National Walk Day.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for employees to enjoy the new walking
trail and see what’s growing in the restoration site,” Matt Bartz, technical
support, global research and development, ArcelorMittal, said in a statement
released after the event.
Through a partnership with The Field Museum and The Nature Conservancy,
globally rare dune and swale habitat was restored on seven acres of the
ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development campus. In addition, a walking
path was established along the perimeter of the property.
“The project offers multiple benefits to the environment, employees, and the
broader community by responsibly managing and restoring natural habitat
unique to the Great Lakes basin; providing a safe and convenient place for
employees to walk on AHA National Walk Day and throughout the year; and
serving as a destination for local schoolchildren to learn about the
environment,” the statement said.
This site was identified in the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure
Vision (GIV), a visioning project which identified 1.4 million acres that
can be restored, protected, or connected through conservation and
thoughtful, sustainable development practices.
“This restoration is a leading example of the role private and corporate
land owners can take to sustain local nature,” said Becky Collings,
conservation ecologist, The Field Museum. “The site is in close proximity to
other nature preserves with remnant dune and swale, and provides a link in
developing a network of connecting healthy nature in our regions.
Restoration of this site helps fulfill a piece of GIV’s vision for the