Wildlife Habitats in Porter County, Indiana

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A Wooded Place for Wildlife

The Recycling & Waste Reduction (RWR) District of Porter County in northwest Indiana is always looking for new and creative ways to dispose of items. Previous Christmas Tree recycling efforts had resulted in minimal donations, and the trees were generally just turned into mulch. The RWR District began researching the idea of a partnership with an environmental group, which led them to the Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Group (MRWRC).

The two groups, along with volunteers from the Valparaiso High School Earth Awareness Club, gathered the trees and unloaded them at the 25-acre wildlife rehabilitation site. MRWRC leaders say the trees will provide cover for birds, chipmunks, raccoons and other small wild animals, protecting them from predators as well as shielding them in harsh weather.

"I would encourage more communities to participate in similar projects," says Aimee House, public relations/education specialist for the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

"Not only did we reuse trees but we also did something positive for our wildlife in the process."

In the Photo:
volunteers for the Porter County tree recycling project included (l to r) : RWR District Field Operations Coordinator Ted Lawnicki, Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehab Center board member Jean Prebis, MRWRC president Bonnie Swarner, RWR District Public Relations/Education Specialist Aimee House, MRWRC board member Jim Fox and Dave Kenning of Valparaiso High Schools Earth Awareness Club.