NIPSCO will contribute $10 for each customer who enrolls in its Direct e-Bill paperless billing service to a project aimed at controlling invasive plant species in the Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve.

NIPSCO and The Nature Conservancy are teaming on the project. It is also backed by the NiSource Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of NIPSCO parent company NiSource Inc.

The Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve is part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, even though it is located miles from the lake just east of Kennedy Avenue where Highland, Schererville and Griffith meet.

The preserve’s 1,547 acres host rare habitats such as dry black oak barrens, wetland pools and moist prairies, according to The Nature Conservancy website. It has 350 species of native plants, 43 being uncommon or rarely seen in Indiana.

The Direct e-Bill donation project will run until April 1. On Earth Day, April 22, a check for all money collected will be given to The Nature Conservancy to further its work at the nature preserve.

Sign up by April 1, 2011.

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