Shirley Heinze Land Trust announces that it has acquired 34 acres of wetlands and floodplain along the Little Calumet River in Chesterton. The property consists of three disjunct parcels, situated immediately south of the intersection of I-94 on either side of State Road 49.The acquisition will help connect the Heinze Trust’s 66-acre Keith Richard Walner Nature Preserve, located west of SR49, to a number of its other protected areas to the east, including the 87-acre Wykes-Plampin Nature Preserve, the 165-acre Dale B. Engquist Nature Preserve, as well as the 42-acre J. Timothy Ritchie Nature Preserve, located along Sand Creek, which flows into the Little Calumet River nearby. The property may be viewed by paddlers on the river. The nearby Keith Richard Walner and Wykes-Plampin Nature Preserves are open to the public for hiking and offer access to the river for paddling and fishing.