Southern Lake Michigan Rim

Protecting nature in a diverse landscape.

Welcome to the Southern Lake Michigan Rim Project (SLMR), encompassing parts of Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties in Indiana.

The SLMR is an area of contrasts:

  • Here you will find a complex mosaic of habitats created by a mix of natural and geological forces, including dune and swale, prairies, boreal forests, fens and much more.
  • Extensive urban and industrial development, transportation systems and other manmade factors place prized natural areas, some of which are globally rare, under constant stress.
  • Lake County itself contains some of most diverse assemblages of plants and wildlife in the entire state, and has more than 364 state-threatened, rare or endangered vascular plants, butterflies/moths, mussels, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects, several of which are also federally endangered or threatened.

Use this site to more fully understand the historical context of what makes this area so unique, and learn about how the Conservancy works with its partners there to protect and restore natural systems for future generations.

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