New Nature Preserve Designated in Northwest Indiana

Indiana’s Natural Resources Commission has approved the designation of a new nature preserve in Northwest Indiana. Grand Prairie Nature Preserve in Lake County protects nearly twelve acres of wet prairie of the Chicago Lake Plain that include the State-Threatened earleaf foxglove and Leiberg’s witchgrass along with a variety of wet prairie plant species. The commission says fauna of interest include the State Special Concern plains garter snake and the common nighthawk as well as the State Endangered smooth green snake. Grand Prairie Nature Preserve is owned by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is under the administration of its Division of Nature Preserves.