The Indiana Natural
Resources Commission (NRC) approved the designation of Lydick Bog Nature
Preserve in St. Joseph County at its meeting Tuesday at Fort Harrison State
increases to 288 the number of state-designated sites protected by the
Nature Preserves Act.
Acquired by the
Shirley Heinze Land Trust in 2015, Lydick Bog’s 176.46 acres--comprising 85
acres of upland forest, 65 of wetlands, and 20 of former agricultural
land--provides an extremely rare habit in Northern Indiana and feature
freshwater wetlands interspersed with ridges and islands of upland forest.
The wetlands are classified into four distinct types: a large bog along the
northeastern section of the property, emergent wetlands, shrub-dominated
emergent wetlands, and an ephemeral pond along the north-central portion of
the property. The southern border of the property includes the northern
shore of North Chain Lake.
In other business
on Tuesday, the NRC also granted final adoption of proposed amendments to
312 IAC 18-3-25, which will designate additional invasive terrestrial plants
as pests or pathogens. This rule will prohibit and restrict the
introduction, sale, distribution, and transport of these invasive
The NRC is an
autonomous board that addresses topics pertaining to the DNR. NRC members
include the DNR director, heads of three other state agencies (Environmental
Management, Tourism Development, and Transportation), six citizens appointed
by the governor on a bipartisan basis, the chair of the DNR’s advisory
council, and the president of the Indiana Academy of Science.