Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region Poster Series

The Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region Poster series is part of the LMCP’s outreach campaign to raise awareness of Coastal Resources. The campaign started in 2005 with the release of the Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region – Overview poster. New posters are unveiled roughly every two years.

Below you can view the six posters that have been unveiled so far. There are five more posters planned to complete the series. The LMCP commissioned local artist Barb Labus to develop the posters, which contain a wealth of information in a striking format. Funding for this initiative is from our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency via the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (see specifics below regarding source per poster)

Posters may be picked up at locations in the coastal region.

Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center (Hours Vary by Season):
1600 N. 25 E
Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Indiana DNR Michigan City Office (Hours Vary)
100 West Water Street
Michigan City, IN 46360

Indiana DNR Customer Service Center
402 W. Washington, W160A
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The posters are also available upon request from the DNR Customer Service Center. There is a $5.95 shipping and handling fee for posters requested for delivery. Please email cscinquiry@dnr.IN.gov the name of the posters you would like to acquire along with your contact information. Note: Limit 1 copy of each poster per request.

2016 Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region poster
Savanna - 2016
Savanna: Communities with a grassy or herbaceous ground cover and a tree canopy cover of less than 80% by more than 10%. The dominant trees are characteristically black oak and white oak on sandy soils, and burr oak and other oaks on silt loam soils.
This publication was made possible by grant Award # NA15NOS4190086 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management.
 
2014 Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region poster
Rivers – 2014
River: A stream with a watershed of 200 square miles or more. A river is fed along its course by converging tributaries and can be further classified by size and gradient.
This publication was made possible by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant from the US EPA.
 
2012 Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region poster
Dunes & Swale – 2012
Dune and Swale: A series of low, linear east-west sand ridges interspersed with linear east-west wetlands. They run parallel to the present-day Lake Michigan shoreline, primarily in Gary and Hammond. They feature a variety of plant communities, primarily prairie and savanna on the ridges, marsh and/or ponds in the swales.
This publication was made possible by grant Award # NA10NOS4190187 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management.
 
2010 Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region poster
The Dunes – 2010
Dune: Hills, mounds or ridges of wind deposited sand most prominently located near Lake Michigan. A variety of plant communities are found in Indiana’s dune complex, which includes beach, foredune, and interdunal pond and dune, and a variety of plant communities ranging from prairie and savanna to forest.
This publication was made possible by grant Award # NA09NOS4190079 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management.
 
2007 Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region poster
Lake Michigan - 2007
Lake Michigan is the second largest of the five Great Lakes. Indiana’s shoreline lies along the more temperate southern basin of the lake. This major freshwater ecosystem provides water for consumption, transportation, power and recreation as well as critical fish and wildlife habitat.
This publication was made possible by grant Award #NA06NOS4190161 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management.
 
2005 Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region poster
Original/Overview Poster – 2005
This poster provides an overview of the 10 ecosystem types to be depicted in the series. It provides a definition of each ecosystem type that is carried through each subsequent poster. This publication was made possible by grant Award #NA17OZ2334 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management.