The concept behind NIRMI (Northwest Indiana Restoration Monitoring Inventory) is to provide a large set of searchable data on restorations in our region.  The goal is to develop a sustainable system of evaluating species composition in local habitat restoration projects.  The main focus is on identifying and quantifying plant species distributions.  Additionally, data is gathered on other biotic and abiotic factors.

The need for the coordinated effort that NIRMI represents was established by a study initiated by Lee Botts, The Restoration Revolution of Northwest Indiana.