The Porter County
Parks & Recreation Department has recently acquired 36 acres of land in Pine
Township, close to the Indiana Dunes National Park. The property is directly
adjacent to Brincka Cross Gardens and will eventually allow for more trails
and natural habitat.
Formerly owned by
Grant and Francis Smith, the preservation of this parcel helps to achieve
Porter County Parks & Recreation’s mission of protecting and managing the
natural, cultural and recreational resources within a diverse county park
“We’re excited to
expand this area right next to Brincka Cross Gardens,” said Walter Lenckos,
Superintendent of Porter County Parks & Recreation. “It allows us to
consider construction of additional pathways and trails, which has always
been a priority in our community. It’s always been important for us to
increase the options for our community when it comes to pedestrian pathways
-- walking, jogging, dog walking and other activities we know our visitors
and plans to expand were funded completely by grants. These lands are being
conserved, in part, by funding and technical assistance made available as
mitigation for impacts caused by the construction and maintenance of the
Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, 6B Pipeline in partnership with The
Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
These agencies are
providing funding for restoration in the forested area, wetland area, and
open grassy areas on the land. Each of these areas has a specific management
plan, including removing invasive species, planting native species, and
improving bird habitats.
“This has been
something that’s been in the works for a number of years and we’re excited
to improve native habitats, especially for migratory birds in this case,”
Lenckos said. “This project dovetails with the restoration at Hawk Ridge
County Park. This is really important because we’re in the Mississippi
Flyway, so it’s crucial to have areas for these migratory species to rest
acquisition allows the parks department to respond to community needs and
increase wildlife habitats, as well as help to protect the Indiana Dunes
National Park by preserving the watershed.
Learn more about
Porter County Parks and Brincka Cross Gardens at portercountyparks.org/brincka.