Little River Wetlands Project is a nonprofit land trust founded in 1990 with the goal of restoring and preserving wetlands in the watershed of the Little River, a headwater tributary of the Wabash River. Its primary project area encompasses 25,000 acres of land once known as the Great Marsh, in Allen and Huntington Counties, Indiana. When settlers first arrived in this area, they found a vast wetland complex teeming with wildlife. LRWP is working to restore what can be saved of this valuable ecosystem.
With the help of its members and volunteers, LRWP protects almost 1,200 acres in the Little River valley. At its Eagle Marsh, Arrowhead Marsh and Arrowhead Prairie preserves, initial restoration is complete, native plants are growing, and wildlife is returning in abundance. Intensive stewardship to nurture the new native plants is still needed at all three preserves. Little River Landing nature preserve in Huntington, co-owned with ACRES Land Trust, is being maintained in a natural state.
The mission of the Little River Wetlands Project is to restore and protect wetlands in the watershed of the Little River, a major tributary of the Wabash River, and to provide educational opportunities that encourage good stewardship of wetlands and other natural ecosystems.