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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Nature Preserves > Properties > Newest Nature Preserves Newest Nature Preserves

2,798.734 Total Acres

There were nine dedications in 2015, with seven new preserves and two additions to existing preserves for a total of 2,798.734 acres.

Sally Reahard Woods at Mosquito Creek Nature Preserve

Sally Reahard Woods at Mosquito Creek Nature Preserve
Where
  • 657.91 acres in southern Harrison County
  • Approximately 2.25 miles east of Laconia
  • Located within the Mitchel Karst Plain Section of the Highland Rim Natural Region
  • The West Branch of Mosquito Creek, a tributary of the Blue River, passes through the property
What
  • High quality limestone glade complex community
  • Rugged sandstone capped hills
  • Limestone bedrock forming cliffs along Mosquito Creek
  • Upland deciduous forest communities
  • Ridges are mainly oak-hickory
  • Ravines dominated by beech-maple
Who

Meyer (Fred & Dorothy) Nature Preserve

Meyer (Fred & Dorothy) Nature Preserve
Where
  • 68.067 acres in northeast Morgan County
  • Approximately 5.0 miles south of Mooresville
  • Located within the Brown County Hills Section of Highland Rim Natural Region
What
  • High-quality xeric, dry-mesic upland forest natural communities
  • Large forest blocks unbroken by roads
  • Forest interior habitat serves as home to rare and state endangered species
  • Steep slopes, ridges and valleys characterize the topography
  • Xeric upland forest is dominated by chestnut oak
  • Dry-mesic upland forest is dominated by white and black oak
  • Mesic upland forest is dominated by red oak, tulip popular, sugar maple and American beech
  • Part of the Long Ridge Core Conservation Area and is “core forest” as part of Central Indiana Land Trust’s (CILTI) science-based strategic conservation plan, “Greening the Crossroads”
Who
  • The original 14 acres, known as Shalom Woods, was donated to CILTI by the Cohen family
  • Significant donations were made by Bob Meyer and his family
  • Bob’s father, Fred Meyer, was instrumental in establishing the first dedicated nature preserve in 1969
  • Funding was also provided by the Indiana Heritage Trust
  • The nature preserve is owned and managed by the Central Indiana Land Trust (CILTI)

Weiler-Leopold Nature Preserve

Weiler-Leopold Nature Preserve
Where
  • 178.967 acres along the eastern border of Warren County
  • 20 miles southwest of West Lafayette
  • Located next to Black Rock Barrens Nature Preserve
  • Within the Entrenched Valley Section of the Central Till Plains Natural Region
What
  • Extensive frontage along the Wabash River and the Little Pine Creek
  • Open oak woodlands and floodplain forest natural communities
  • Extensive forest plantings and a tallgrass prairie planting
  • Old fields include boulders deposited by glaciers
  • 30,000 trees planted within 100 acres of bottomlands
  • 12-acre grassland area being restored to native tall grass prairie
  • Part of the Long Ridge Core Conservation Area
Who
  • Named after its former co-owners, Emanuel Weiler, founding dean of Purdue’s School of Management and of the Krannert Graduate School, and A. Carl Leopold, internationally known plant physiologist and son of Aldo Leopold, the naturalist
  • Acquired with support from
  • The nature preserve is owned and managed by the NICHES Land Trust, Inc.

Black Rock Nature Preserve

Black Rock Nature Preserve
Where
  • 32.024 acres along the eastern border of Warren County
  • Approximately 4.5 miles east of Independence
  • Located within the Entrenched Valley Section of the Central Till Plain Natural Region
What
  • High-quality natural communities including: open oak woodlands, sandstone barrens, sandstone bedrock exposures, and sandstone cliff communities
  • Black Rock geologic feature, a sandstone promontory 110 standing feet above the Wabash River
  • Steep-sided shale ravines, seep springs rocky slopes, and shallow acid soils provide habitat for a stunted black oak barrens community
  • Supports several state-threatened and rare plants
  • This barrens community type composed of Mississippian (Borden Formation) sandstone/siltstone/shale is the best and largest example occurring in the state
Who
  • In 1811, Tecumseh’s warriors were stationed to await General Harrison’s troops before the Battle of Tippecanoe
  • In 1838, the Potawatomi Trail of Death camped near this location
  • During the Canal era, settlers fished and provided lumber for shipping along the Wabash and Erie Canal
  • Funding from the Indiana Heritage Trust Assisted with the acquisition
  • The preserve is owned and managed by the NICHES Land Trust, Inc.

Spring Lake Woods & Bog Nature Preserve

Spring Lake Woods & Bog Nature Preserve
Where
  • 98.328 acres in northwest Allen County
  • Approximately 5.5 miles from Fort Wayne
  • Located in Indiana’s Northern Lakes Natural Region
What
  • Mesic upland woodlands and more than 1,000 feet of lakeshore along Lake Everett
  • Mesic woodlands with peaty soils across rolling topography and a 2 acre sphagnum bog
  • Muckland woodland is also home to a healthy population of cinnamon ferns that reach 5 feet in height
  • Site of the county’s only natural lake
  • Habitat for state-endangered and rare species
Who

Old Hamilton Road Nature Preserve

Old Hamilton Road Nature Preserve
Where
  • 27.111 acres in southeast Wayne County
  • Approximately 2.5 miles southwest of Richmond
  • Located within the Tipton Till Plain Section of the Central Till Plain Natural Region
What
  • High-quality graminoid fen community
  • Small stream valley deeply incised into rolling Wisconsin glacial deposits
  • Springs and seeps are frequent within the valley
  • Many noteworthy animals are found in part due to the significant wetland habitat
Who

Old Northwest Boundary Line Nature Preserve

Old Northwest Boundary Line Nature Preserve
Where
  • 91.767 acres in southeast Wayne County
  • Approximately 2.5 miles southwest of Richmond
  • Located within the Tipton Till Plain Section of the Central Till Plain Natural Region
What
  • High-quality mixed mesophytic forest
  • Species-rich but dominated by large beech
  • Characterized by uplands that are dissected by ravines that drain into a tributary stream of Lick Creek
  • Diverse and maturing reforestation planting contribute to the protection of the watershed
Who

Two additions to existing preserves, 1,025.13 acres protected

Bloomfield Barrens Addition Nature Preserve

Bloomfield Barrens Addition Nature Preserve
Where
  • 619.43 acres located in west-central Spencer County, along the Warrick County border
  • Approximately 2.5 miles south of Tennyson
  • Bordered by Little Pigeon Creek, located across from the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Little Pigeon Wetland Conservation Area
What
  • Addition to the original 120-acre Bloomfield Barrens Nature Preserve, which was dedicated in 1989
  • High-quality examples of the floodplain forest along the Little Pigeon Creek in Indiana’s Southern Bottomlands Natural Region and the Driftless Section of the Southwestern Lowlands Natural Region
  • Contains post oak flatwoods forests, with clay barrens in the canopy openings, and riparian communities along a tributary to Little Pigeon Creek
  • Barrens of dry soils provide habitat for communities of plants adapted to drought conditions
  • Endangered and threatened plant species are found here due to the large forested block which provides habitat for species of special concern
Who
  • This nature preserve is owned and managed by the DNR Division of Nature Preserves

Moraine Addition Nature Preserve

Moraine Nature Preserve
Where
  • 405.7 acres in northeast Porter county
  • Approximately 6.0 miles northeast of downtown Valparaiso
  • Located within the Northwestern Morainal Natural Region
What
  • High-quality examples of the Valparaiso Moraine
  • Formed by the southern edge of the Lake Michigan Lobe of Wisconsin glaciations and upland areas in various stages of succession
  • Rolling ridges, steep hills, muck pockets, pot holes, and a shallow pond.
  • Mature beech-maple forest can be found on some of the uplands and ravines
Who
  • The Nature Conservancy assisted with the original acquisition in 1971
  • This nature preserve is owned and managed by the DNR Division of Nature Preserves