Much of Beverly Shores is located in a tranquil island bounded by Lake Michigan and the beach mostly owned and controlled by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (IDNL) to the north, more IDNL parkland to the east and west, and the Great Marsh to the south. The IDNL owns the property to the south of Beverly Drive, but along the north side of Beverly Drive, the Shirley Heinz Land Trust (SHLT) has acquired a number of properties that together are a crucial part of what makes Beverly Shores such a desirable place. You can access a particularly attractive SHLT property, a twenty-acre wetland located a block west of Merrivale, using trailheads on Beverly Drive, East Bellevue, or Charing. The wetland trail is a great introduction to the birdlife and plant diversity of our marsh environment
But just like the rest of Beverly Shores, the SHLT marshland is under siege by invasive species. On Saturday, August 26, 2017, a group of volunteers from the Beverly Shores Environmental Restoration Group (ERG) joined three Shirley Heinze land stewards to remove invasives in the area. A number of huge specimens of oriental bittersweet were pulled or chopped down with the stumps treated with herbicide. Similar treatment was given to overgrown autumn olive and glossy buckthorn. You can see the results for yourself by taking a pleasant stroll along the Bellevue/Charing Trail.