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
“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.
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.”
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.