Save the Dunes has been awarded funding from the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund to implement a restoration and public use enhancement project on our Peddicord property in Hobart Marsh, which is adjacent to Lake George and Deep River. Hobart Marsh is an underutilized resource of Hobart and we are excited about the opportunity to increase habitat quality and recreational opportunities at this site before donating it to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
The project work includes restoring 18 acres of agricultural farmland to the endangered bur oak prairie/ savanna ecosystem and removing 13 acres of invasive plants from the surrounding woodland. In addition to the restoration component of the project, Save the Dunes will be installing over a mile of trails on the property as well as a permeable surface parking lot, picnic tables, and interpretative signage. Views of Lake George are stunning from this site – we can’t wait for this to be a must-see spot in 2018.
Funding for the Hobart Marsh project was received in partnership with Shirley Heinze Land Trust, who will be restoring and installing trails at a newly acquired property adjacent to the Heron Rookery along the East Branch of the Little Calumet River, and the National Park Service and Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, who will be improving access for paddlers on the East Branch of the Little Calumet River. We look forward to working alongside these partners to improve habitat and recreation along our Northwest Indiana waterways! Thank you to the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund for this incredible opportunity.