Shirley Heinze Land Trust raises more than 4.6 million dollars in first ever Capital Campaign.
Shirley Heinze Land Trust, one of the area’s largest environmental organizations in the area has been protecting natural land in the southern Lake Michigan watershed of Indiana since 1981. They own more than 1,700 acres in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties that have been preserved for the public’s benefit. Shirley Heinze nature preserves feature significant scenic and ecological value, and most are open to the public for hiking and enjoying nature. Five of its properties – Cressmoor Prairie, Seidner Dune & Swale, John Merle Coulter Preserve, Barker Woods, and Ambler Flatwoods – have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as state nature preserves.
And, they have just recently announced that they have successfully concluded their first-ever Capital Campaign and raised more than $4.6 million dollars.
This is very exciting news as this money will allow them to permanently protect an additional 500 acres of environmentally significant land, provide enhanced restoration, maintenance, and management of new and existing preserves, and educate and promote conservation awareness by providing increased access to natural areas.
“Over the past few years many committed volunteers worked tirelessly to organize campaign events and hikes, speak at numerous public gatherings, and share their passion for the organization,” Campaign Co-Chair Dale Engquist says. “Thanks to the support of individual donors, partner organizations, corporate and foundation grants, we have not only reached, but actually surpassed the goals we set for our campaign.”
According to campaign Co-Chair Nancy Johnson, contributions were both money and land. Johnson said, “Nearly half of which were donations of land. We anticipate the acquisition of an additional 400 acres of permanently protected land before the end of 2016, and work has begun on the restoration of another 250 acres. The number of children receiving on-the-ground environmental education through the Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns Partnership has increased from 1,500 to 3,500.”