SHIRLEY HEINZE LAND TRUST, INC

Rating: 4.5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: Kris Krouse, Exec. Dir, 444 Barker Rd Michigan City IN 46360 USA

Mission: The mission of Shirley Heinze Land Trust is twofold: - To protect habitats and ecosystems of Northwest Indiana through acquiring, restoring, and protecting environmentally significant landscapes for present and future generations and - To inspire and educate people of all ages about the value of land conservation to protect our natural world and enrich our lives.
Geographic areas served: Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties in Northwest Indiana

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for Shirley Heinze since 2008 and have enjoyed working on the preserves. I have learned about the environment and have seen the changes that I and others have done to help improve these preserves.

I have gone on a majority of the workdays and have done individual projects for SHLT, like spraying herbicide on invasive species, collecting seed and photo monitoring.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust gave me this opportunity and I am grateful for that.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many Ways. I have seen the resultes after spraying herbicide on invasive plants. I have also collected seed so we can plant after getting rid of the invasive plants. I have been doing the photo monitoring for the past 3 years and have seen the results of hard work from the stewards and volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes but would like to see more volunteers to help improve the preserves and the environment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first contact with Shirley Heinze Land Trust (SHLT) came shortly after I moved to Northwest Indiana and went on a wildflower walk sponsored by the organization. I saw for the first time what a preserved area looks like--it was spring and beautiful woodland flowers were everywhere--trillium, Dutchman's breeches, anemone. I have been a fan of the organization ever since and have volunteered in many capacities. SHLT acquires parcels of land that contain plants and animals that are threatened by development. It gives many people the opportunity to help preserve these areas and restore them. It is a well-run organization with dynamic leadership and friendly staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

More interest in the area in conservation by individuals and corporate interests.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see a campaign for a vehicle that could transport groups to the various preserved areas.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

SHLT is fulfilling a vital role in NW Indiana by preserving rare ecosystems and enhancing my quality of life by doing so. I cherish the ability to be in these environments and understand them better.

They also host wonderful workshops. I attended one this month on winter tree identification which was well taught and organized (co-run by the Field Museum). The stewardship director even made two pots of homemade chili to feed the participants!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visiting many of their holdings and watching the number and restoration of these grow.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding!

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Rating: 4 stars  

The volunteer days are great with a tour component, and question answer period. It also offers a wonderful opportunity to network within the field, or with other local like-minded citizens who love their neighborhood. The beautiful work-sites tucked away in Northwest Indiana communities, are regarded as special respites and botanic havens for the nature lover. Join today to learn about these public, but well hidden gems, secreted away in the bosom of quaint townships, and diverse botanic till-plains and moraine wrinkles.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the care with which they steward

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Great NFP with a great mission and great people. Everyone concerned with the environment in NW Indiana should support Shirley Heinze. They're really doing fantastic work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing first hand the results of what we've accomplished.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it eastward. We have no such similar organization in St. Joseph county

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that the work I've done will be a legacy for future generations to enjoy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

top notch

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save a lot of ecologically important land from unnecessary development and destruction.

Ways to make it better...

I owned a 4-Wheel drive

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Like most NFPs, I'm sure that they're overworked and underfunded.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I intend to help them to the best of my abilities. They're a dedicated group with a very worthy cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I joined the Board of Shirley Heinze Land Trust in 2005. Since that time, we have been able to add hundreds of acres to our land holdings. These lands will be protected in perpetuity and many of them are being stewarded back to their pre-settlement condition. Several of our properties are state dedicated nature preserves that allow access to the public for their enjoyment and appreciation. We also conduct learning programs on several of our properties that are adjacent to schools, thus providing young children with an appreciation for nature that will sustain the environment into the future.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about the environmental history of Northwest Indiana and seeing more of it being protected.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

purchase the remaining valuable green space along the southern Lake Michigan watershed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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