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Ikes restoring 16 acres east of Chesterton through donations

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The Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society (DCAS) and Greenline Landscaping of Kouts have made generous donations to the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League to help with its restoration work on the Frame Family Conservation Area east of Chesterton.

“The Ikes are restoring wetlands, woods, and prairie on the site and will be managing it for the benefit of migratory birds,” DCAS President Lynda McGinnis said. “It’s a good investment of Dunes-Cal funds.”

“This is awesome,” Chapter President Gary Brown said. “We have big goals for the property and we greatly appreciate their support.”

The Chapter bought the 60 acres from the Don and Mary Frame family and the Robert and Ruth Frame families in 2012 and 2015, with grants from the Enbridge L-6b Mitigation Fund, NIPSCO Consent Decree funds, the Indiana Heritage Trust, and the Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust. Both properties are bound by conservation easements to manage the land for birds and wildlife.

Greenline Landscaping did the earth moving for a wetland restoration on the property at the end of August. “That is a perfect place to restore wildlife habitat and the Ikes are passionate about what they do,” company owner Bob Cauffman said. “I am glad to help them out.”

The wetland restoration was designed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Valparaiso and funded by the NRCS, the Indiana DNR CORRIDORS project, and the Izaak Walton League of America Endowment.


Posted 9/11/2017






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