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HOBART | Shirley Heinze Land Trust will host a volunteer work day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon and Faith Greiner Nature Preserve.

This preserve is a 74-acre mosaic of sand prairie, stepped fen, wet mesic woods and planted prairie in Hobart. The site has seen a large amount of restoration by staff, volunteers and students in the Mighty Acorns program at adjacent Ridgeview Elementary School.

From I-94, take I-65 south to Ridge Road/E.37th Avenue. Drive east on Ridge Road to Liverpool Road. Take Liverpool Road south about 3/4 mile to a gravel driveway on the right (west) side of the road. (Look for the radio towers.) If you cross the tracks you've gone too far. The trail leads from the driveway north through the preserve.

On this work day, volunteers will be tackling invasive species in a portion of the property not covered by past restoration activities. Chainsaws, brushcutters and loppers will be used to remove woody invasive species.

Lunch will be provided, so an RSVP to volunteer@heinzetrust.org is requested in order that organizers can plan accordingly.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been protecting natural land in the southern Lake Michigan watershed since 1981. It manages nearly 1,200 acres in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties. Visit www.heinzetrust.org and like them on Facebook.

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