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'Bringing Nature Home' awards program applications due July 17

Pictured are the 2016 BNH home gardener award recipients.

The Friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust will hold its seventh annual “Bringing Nature Home” awards program. The initiative recognizes those who landscape their grounds or yards using native plant species. Businesses, institutions, public agencies, landscapers and home gardeners are eligible.

“Research has shown that native plants, including wildflowers and trees, support many more butterflies and other pollinators than non-natives,” said Henry Jones, longtime Shirley Heinze volunteer and activist. “At a time when many butterfly and moth species are in decline, even a small garden with appropriate host plants can make a difference in their long-term survival. Every small act of restoration by those who landscape can be a step in recovery of what has been lost to development in our area.”

As in the past, plantings in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties are eligible, and this year, eligibility is being extended to St. Joseph County, with assistance from the St. Joseph County Parks Department.

Full program details and an online application may be found at http://www.heinzetrust.org/bringing-nature-home.html. To request an application be mailed to you, call 219-242-8558. Applications are due by July 17. Representatives will make arrangements to visit the plantings after that date, and awards will be presented in the fall.

For more information on the work and nature preserves of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, visit www.heinzetrust.org, call 219-242-8558 or access its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/heinzetrust.

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