The Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project is dedicated to the recovery and perpetuation of waterfowl populations by protecting, enhancing, and restoring the wetlands and associated ecosystems of the Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh.
The Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project (IGKMRP) was initiated to provide an avenue for willing partners to work together in an effort to put back some of what had been taken away.
A coalition of conservationists, with many different reasons for wanting the grandness to return to the Kankakee River Basin, have joined in an effort that has accrued an impressive set of accomplishments in the first years of its existence. Individuals, corporations, conservation groups, and government agencies have banded together and taken the first steps in a 10-year program to re-establish the local heritage of the Grand Kankakee Marsh. The early successes have only been surpassed by the aspirations of making the riverine marsh system a reality again. Working within a realistic focus, the project management team operates under a well-defined set of criteria in the direction set by the partners.
The IGKMRP is working toward the goal by acquiring restorable wetlands with associated upland from WILLING sellers or through donations, and restoring the original, natural wetland and upland conditions to the extent practical. The ownership of these parcels is transferred to government agencies or non-profit organizations.
The Indiana grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project is a volunteer organization. The Lake Heritage Parks Foundation monitors and manages the grant funds from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Each participating organization handles it's own expense and commitments.
Accomplishments of the project include:
* The enlistment of 14 partners bringing a commitment of $2,400,000 in funds, services, and materials
* A successful bid for finding from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act totaling $1,500,000.
* A growing number of completed acquisitions and a schedule of restorations. (See map)
* The enlistment of 30 new and former partners bringing a commitment of $2,760,000 of funds, services, and materials
* A second application to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for $1,000,000.
We are a diverse group with a common bond. Committed to contributing to the goals set forth by the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, we all share a common interest in sustaining an effort to return portions f the old Grand Kankakee Marsh to the way it used to be. Whether for wildlife, flood control, recreation, or just a good feeling, we are united in working on a project that will have lasting implications for all of us.
We welcome new partners, and the partnership is growing. So too is our ability to meet our goals.
HERE IS OUR ROSTER OF PARTICIPANTS TO DATE:
AC Printing, Inc.
Adamczyk & Associates, CPA LLP
Blythe Sport Shops, Inc.
D.J. Case and Associates
Cedar Lake Fish and Game
G.E. Marshall Excavators
Griffith Izaak Walton League
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Indiana Heritage Trust
Kankakee River Basin Commission
Lake County Parks and Recreation Department
Lake Heritage Parks Foundation
Lowell Parks Department
National Biological Service
The Nature Conservancy
J.F. New and Associates
Northern Indiana Publice Service Company
Olin Corporation Charitable Trust
Primetime Cable Ads
Purdue University Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources
Ritschard Brothers, Inc.
St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department
St. Joseph County Park Foundation
Studer & Associates
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wille and Stiener Real Estate
There is always room for more, and there is much left to do. We welcome your inquiries into participation as a partner. For further information please contact