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Volunteer work day to restore Oak Savanna at nature preserve

This boardwalk at Gordon and Faith Greiner Nature Preserve in Hobart was built by Eagle Boy Scouts in 2008. A volunteer work day will be held Saturday at the nature preserve.

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

Greiner Preserve is a mosaic of sand prairie, stepped fen, wet mesic woods and planted prairie. Over the past several years, funding from sources including U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Sustain Our Great Lakes have allowed the land trust to do several restoration projects throughout the various habitats at this site.

"On Saturday, we will be using chainsaws, brush cutters and loppers to remove exotic shrubs and understory trees in a portion of oak savanna separating the sand prairie from the fen," said Education & Volunteer Manager Jim Erdelac. "Please bring warm work gloves and eye and ear protection if you have them, we will have a limited supply on hand. Lunch will be provided."

RSVP to, so organizers can plan accordingly. For more information, call Erdelac at (219) 879-4725.

To reach Greiner preserve from Interstate 94 West of Interstate 65, take Interstate 65 south to Ridge Road/E.37th Ave. Drive east on Ridge Road to Montgomery St. Turn right (south) on Montgomery. After two blocks, there is a "T" intersection (Montgomery and Old Ridge Road). Directly south of this intersection is a steel barn gate and a dirt road leading into the preserve. Park at the end of the dirt road.

From Interstate 94 East of Interstate 65, take Ind. 51 (Ripley Street) south to Ridge Road. Turn right (west) on Ridge and go approximately three miles to Montgomery Street. (past Liverpool). Turn left (south) on Montgomery and look for a "T" intersection (Montgomery and Old Ridge Road) after two blocks, followed by a steel barn gate and a dirt road leading into the preserve. Park at the end of the dirt road.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been protecting natural land in the southern Lake Michigan watershed since 1981. It manages approximately 1,200 acres that have been permanently protected by the organization.




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