An Indiana Coastal Cooperative Weed Management Area (ICCWMA) has been
established to address the problem of invasive plants threatening the
The ICCWMA was formed by the Save the Dunes Conservation Fund, the Shirley
Heinze Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, the Indiana Department of Natural
Resources, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and is an outgrowth of the
Northwest Indiana Invasive Plant Network (NIIPN) established in 2004 by Save
the Dunes, the National Lakeshore, and the DNR.
The ICCWMA’s first project will be launched at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6,
at Kemil Beach in Beverly Shores, part of the National Lakeshore.
The ICCWMA’s Steering Committee has chosen lyme grass (Leymus arenarius)
for its first collaborate effort to control invasive plant species in the
coastal region. Lyme grass is a commercially sold ornamental grass
originating in Europe and Asia which spreads rapidly and is a major threat
to natural areas in the coastal zone because of its ability to displace
native marram grass, according to a statement released last week by the
ICCWMA members are asking the Dunes communities to get involved with the
effort to control lyme grass. The Town of Ogden Dunes will be participating
in the Aug. 6 program by providing information to private landowners along
the coast on how they can be a part of protecting and restoring Indiana’s
fragile natural areas.