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.
Get an overview of the history and background, and special features of the SLMR project area.
Discover: Dune and Swale Habitat
Find out more about this globally rare habitat and discover challenges that need to be overcome.
Find: Other Key Sites
Learn other key natural areas representative of SLMR’s mosaic of habitats.
Appreciate: Key SLMR Partners
Understand why the SLMR staff work with critical partners to attain conservation goals.
Learn: What TNC is Doing/Has Done
Learn about some of the work that goes on in the SLMR as well as the latest news.