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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, December 01, 2016 7:32 am

Workday part of effort to save Kosciusko prairie

ACRES Land Trust said Wednesday it is taking responsibility for saving and restoring an "extremely rare and ecologically significant remnant of native prairie struggling to survive amid Warsaw’s commercial and residential areas."

A seven-acre prairie in newly acquired Wayne Township property along U.S. 30 may be the easternmost example of original Midwest prairie grassland, ACRES said in a news release. The member-based nonprofit bought the property and 40 adjoining acres of wetland and swamp to preserve it.

The Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Zimmer Biomet and a discount from the previous owner have funded more than 60 percent of the cost of the Wayne Township property. ACRES needs $34,000 to complete the project.

The land trust invites the public to a Wayne Township property workday from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 to help control invasive species. Volunteers will pick up debris and help the ACRES staff control non-native invasive brush. Participants should wear long pants and long sleeves.

For more information, call 260-637-2273.