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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Dunes State Park and Save the Dunes have received one million dollars in funding to undertake a significant ecological restoration of 1077 acres of black oak savanna habitat beginning this summer. Save the Dunes reports it is estimated that less than .02 percent of black oak savanna remains in the Midwest and what remains in the Indiana dunes is threatened due to the overgrowth of invasive species. The project is expected to benefit both native wildlife, plants and the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly that relies exclusively on oak savanna species for its survival.
The project is anticipated to run through summer 2015, and during the project, it may become necessary to close trails for a day or so to ensure visitor safety as workers carry out the restoration activities.
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