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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 eight posters that have been unveiled so far. There are four 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 call Customer Service Center directly at 877-463-6367 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m with any questions or to obtain posters. Note: Limit 1 copy of each poster per request.

Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region 2021 Poster

Prairie - 2021

Prairie: a natural community type that consists mostly of native grasses, forbs and shrubs. Occasionally, prairies are referred to as “grasslands” because they have very few or no trees. Prairies can occur in a variety of soil moistures, including wet prairies with some periodic surface water to dry sand prairies on dunes. Within the Lake Michigan watershed, most prairies occur on sandy soils; however, there are a few prairies, known as “black soil” prairies, that occur on fine-textured silt loam soils with deep and dark A horizons.

This publication was made possible by grant Award #NA18NOS4190010 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management.

2018 Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region poster

Marsh - 2018

Marsh: a wetland community that consists mostly of herbaceous vegetation such as grasses, sedges, rushes, ferns, and aquatic plants. Most marshes have water in them at all times and the water levels fluctuate. Occasionally, the water level can diminish for short durations to expose the soil. Many marshes occur within low basins or water-filled depressions and along the edges of rivers and streams.

This publication was made possible by grant Award #NA17NOS4190031 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management.

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.

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