NIPSCO will contribute $10 for each customer who enrolls in its Direct e-Bill paperless billing service to a project aimed at controlling invasive plant species in the Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve.
NIPSCO and The Nature Conservancy said Wednesday they are teaming on the project. It is also backed by the NiSource Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of NIPSCO parent company NiSource Inc.
The Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve is part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, even though it is located miles from the lake just east of Kennedy Avenue where Highland, Schererville and Griffith meet.
The preserve's 1,547 acres host rare habitats such as dry black oak barrens, wetland pools and moist prairies, according to The Nature Conservancy website. It has 350 species of native plants, 43 being uncommon or rarely seen in Indiana.
The Direct e-Bill donation project will run until April 1. On Earth Day, April 22, a check for all money collected will be given to The Nature Conservancy to further its work at the nature preserve.
Direct e-Bill is NIPSCO's free electronic billing service. Customers can sign up online and selecting "Manage Your Account" at the upper right-hand corner.
Instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail, customers who sign up receive an e-mail notification that their bill is available to view on the NIPSCO website the day it is issued. It then can be paid online. The e-mail also contains links to other services such as monthly bill inserts, customer newsletters and other important account information.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
Director of Philanthropy