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Dana Claussen, a University of Saint Francis senior graduating this May and a former LRWP wetland education intern, has begun work as our new wetland education coordinator. Dana replaces Liz Hincks, who accepted a position at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in January. Please welcome Dana the next time you attend a LRWP event!
A 38-acre parcel recently added to Eagle Marsh has been named in honor of the James Barrett family, long-time benefactors of LRWP. The James Barrett Family site of Eagle Marsh, at the northeast corner of Smith and Engle Roads, is a mitigation property replacing 12 acres at Eagle Marsh covered over during recent federal construction. When James Barrett III passed away in 2011, his estate (which included inheritances from James Barrett I and II) made a considerable bequest to our organization.
Eagle Marsh, already the largest inland urban wetland restoration in the U.S., is 756 acres with the addition of the new site. Nine acres there consist of natural wooded wetlands where many kinds of ducks, great egrets and sandhill cranes have been seen. In the past year a federal program cleared invasive plants in this area and restored the other 29 acres to open marsh and wet prairie by seeding them with native grasses, sedges, and wildflowers.
James Barrett III was one of the founders of both LRWP and Acres Land Trust and, with wife Patricia, provided support to LRWP from its early years until his death. A lawyer and champion of the environment, he drafted the Indiana Nature Preserves Act under which more than 200 Indiana natural areas have been dedicated.