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[DNR] Commission action adds to state nature preserves
Start Date: 3/19/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/19/2014End Time: 11:59 PM
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The Natural Resources Commission on Tuesday approved nature preserve status for one new site and an addition to an existing preserve.

Cave River Valley Nature Preserve in Washington County becomes the newest in a system that totals 259 state-designated nature preserves across the state.

The 63-acre site is owned and managed by the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs and is located three miles north of Campbellsburg. It consists of a deep, wooded valley with steep limestone bluffs, narrow backbone ridges, and four major and three minor caves, with streams emerging from caves into whitewater cascades.

River Cave and Endless Cave are two prominent features. They are home to a number of rare species and provide hibernacula for the federally endangered Indiana bat.

The Commission also approved a 99-acre addition to Portland Arch Nature Preserve in Fountain County. The site is owned by the DNR Division of Nature Preserves. Its topography consists of sandstone cliffs and formations known locally as Tecumseh’s Cave and the Devil’s Tea Table. Several springs on the property feed into the branch of Bear Creek that flows through Portland Arch.

Indiana’s system of nature preserves was established in 1967 to protect significant natural areas in the state. Natural areas can become dedicated nature preserves only with the agreement of the land owner, the DNR and the NRC. Once a preserve is dedicated, it is protected in perpetuity from development that would harm its natural character.

Most nature preserves are owned by various DNR divisions. Several city and county park and recreation boards also own preserves, along with a number of universities and colleges.
Contact Information:
Name: Phil Bloom
Phone: (317) 232-4003
Email: pbloom@dnr.in.gov
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