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Below you will find a listing of projects that have been approved to date for BNT funding. Please click on each project to view the information about it. The map will show the approximate locations of these projects.
A 103-acre property in Goshen (Elkhart County) previously used as a quarry. It contains an 83-acre lake with 20 acres of shoreline. Plans call for the addition of open-air pavilions, bicycle parking and picnic areas.
Purchase of the Columbia Mine tract, a 1,043-acre site in Gibson and Pike counties that shares more than three miles of boundary with the Patoka National Wildlife Refuge and forms a connection between two large parcels owned by the refuge. The site features marsh, forested wetlands, upland forests, shrub and prairie plantings and several lakes.
Purchase of 160 acres in Jasper County to connect separated tracts of the Stoutsburg Savanna Nature Preserve. Considered a priority acquisition site for 30 years, it features rolling sand dunes covered with black oak and former prairies.
Purchase of a 43-acre site to expand Brammall Nature Preserve on Pigeon Pond in Steuben County. The site contains wetlands, upland forests and floodplain.
The addition of 97 acres in the southwest corner of Oak Ridge Prairie County Park in Griffith to construct a non-motorized bike trail connecting with the two longest and busiest trail corridors in northwest Indiana—the Erie Lackawanna and Oak Savannah trails.
Purchase and restoration of 38 acres in Hamilton County surrounded by an existing 41-acre park donated to the Washington Township Parks & Recreation Department in 1999 by the family of Shelia Beals MacGregor.
Purchase of 69 acres in the southeast area of Salamonie Lake in Huntington County. The site, known as the Priddy Tract, will provide convenient access for Salamonie users as well as additional opportunities for hunting, wildlife viewing and nature study.
Purchase of portions of the former Grand Rapids and Indiana railroad corridor to be developed as a multipurpose trail between Kendallville and Rome City in Noble County.
Purchase of 7.3 miles of the former Pennsylvania Railroad/Vandalia Railroad corridor between Greencastle and Reelsville in Putnam County for a proposed multipurpose trail.
Extension of the proposed B&O Trail in Hendricks County. The rail-to-trail project eventually will extend 65 miles through Marion, Hendricks, Putnam and Parke counties.
Purchase of 83 acres of Maumee River frontage in Allen County that contains upland forest, flood plain, ravines, 30-foot bluffs and agricultural fields.
Purchase of 15 acres adjacent to Luhr County Park in LaPorte County. The site includes oak-hickory woods and forested wetlands, plus fallow agriculture fields targeted for wetland and prairie restoration.
A 359-acre addition to Shades State Park in Montgomery County consisting of 262 acres of mature, second-growth hardwood forest and 97 acres of warm-season grass plantings. The tract includes the northern portion of two entrenched ravines that drain into the park and Sugar Creek.
A 704-acre upland forest with oak, hickory and mixed hardwood trees adjacent to an existing Yellowwood State Forest tract of 490 acres in Brown County. The site was purchased previously by The Nature Conservancy as part of its Brown County Hills Project.
A 69-acre tract in Wayne County featuring an upper slope ravine forest and forested bluff with a small pond, springs and agricultural remnants.
Purchase of a 167-acre site in Union and Wayne counties that contains 120 tillable acres, 47 acres of woodlands, streams, wetlands, and a two-acre gravel and sand beach.
The addition of 16 acres to Wilderness Park, increasing the Hartford City park’s size to 40 acres.
A 144-acre secluded retreat on the banks of the Ohio River in Perry County that will be managed by the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. The property near Rome is surrounded by the Hoosier National Forest and features three log cabins, limestone and sandstone outcroppings, and cliffs that overlook the Ohio River.
Purchase of 20 acres on the border of Tippecanoe and Warren counties that includes bluffs 100 feet above the floodplain of the Wabash River. The site lies between NICHES’ Black Rock Nature Preserve and Ross Hills, owned by the Purdue Research Foundation and the Tippecanoe County Parks Department.
Purchase of a 20-acre wooded parcel that includes a half-acre pond and is documented as the county’s first park.
Purchase of a two-acre site with 400 feet of shoreline on Pine Lake, a 564-acre lake in LaPorte.
Purchase of a 44-acre site that includes 20 acres of wetland adjacent to Dallas Lake County Park.
Purchase of 140 acres—including 54 acres of forested wetlands—near Chili (Miami County) that contains Flowers Creek and more than 1,000 feet of frontage on the Eel River.
Purchase of 110 forested acres in Allen County with 1,200 feet of shoreline on Lake Everett, the county’s only natural lake. Included is a two-acre bog that is home to a state-endangered salamander.
Purchase of 64 acres in Porter County formerly operated as Camp Meadowbrook, located along the north slope of the Valparaiso Moraine, which is part of the biologically important Moraine forest. A variety of habitats and natural communities are found at the site—upland forest, a deep ravine along a stream, mixed-age woodlands, reclaimed cropland, shrub lands, scattered patches of evergreens, and a forested wetland.
Purchase of two parcels totaling five acres as additions to an existing 728-acre park in Lake County. One is a 4.5-acre dry mesic sand forest and the half-acre plot is shrub swamp. The additions will enhance connections to the Oak Savannah Trail Corridor north of the park and protect an in-holding of rare plant communities.
Purchase of 122 acres around Big Center Lake on the west edge of Angola in Steuben County. The site will be developed as a nature preserve and passive recreation site for hiking, bird watching, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
Purchase of a 4.94-acre lot in Madison (Jefferson County) that includes Ohio River frontage and land on either side of the existing Heritage Trail. Acquisition will allow expansion of a public park along the entry to the Heritage Trail.
Purchase of 179 acres of upland forest along Lincoln State Park’s south and west boundary in Spencer County. Acquisition of this maturing forest increases the park’s size by 10 percent and protects the western boundary of the Sarah Lincoln Nature Preserve located within the park.
Purchase of 121.1 acres of upland forest land on a west facing slope lying between Morgan-Monroe State Forest on the east, and Monroe Reservoir to the west. This area receives a large amount of recreation usage, including gathering, hunting and wildlife viewing. This project is located in Monroe County.
Purchase of 73.4 acres of upland forest land that includes a long bluff overlooking a quarter mile of frontage along the Blue River in Harrison County. This section of the Blue River is well known for its scenic qualities and draws heavy recreational use including sport fishing and canoeing. This property is located immediately downstream of the historic Rothrock Mill site.
Purchase of a 23.13-acre tract immediately east of the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Noble County. The property is entirely within the original tract of land owned by the renowned author and naturalist. It consists primarily of marginal agricultural ground with several pockets of wooded drainage and wetlands. The northeast corner of the property slopes down to the edge of Sylvan Lake.
Purchase of 119 acres of low-lying ground adjacent to the Wabash River in Adams County. The property includes several old Wabash meanders and areas of old growth forest containing large oak, hickory, sycamore, cottonwood, ash, shrubs and other wetland species. This acquisition links two other properties owned by Friends of the Limberlost and provides for the expansion of the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Trail.
Purchase of 57.4 acres located in LaPorte County. This property represents the last large assemblage of unprotected dune communities in Indiana. It links a 1.2-mile corridor of existing conservation lands located within a quarter mile of the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Acquisition of a 10.36 acre partially wooded lot adjacent to the western park boundary of Clifty Falls State Park. This purchase will provide a buffer for the Clifty Canyon Nature Preserve and would protect the canyon viewshed. Additionally, this property would enable park staff to access the midpoint of Trail #8 for maintenance and emergency purposes. This acquisition is located in Jefferson County.
Purchase of 11.28 acres of land formerly associated with the Big Four Railroad for the purpose of constructing a trail. The corridor is 1.7 miles long and is part of the Farm Heritage Trail which will eventually connect Zionsville with Lafayette. This acquisition is located in Boone County.
Purchase of 1.7 miles of abandoned rail corridor, including bridges across Pipe Creek and Taylor Creek. The Town of Converse will construct a 10-foot-wide asphalt trail with associated trailheads and access sites. The trail will connect Converse with Oak Hill High School in Mier. This acquisition is located in Grant and Miami Counties.
Acquisition of a 1.3-mile corridor (formerly the Peoria and Eastern Railroad) totaling 7.93 acres for the purpose of developing a trail. The trail corridor runs alongside Crawfordsville Road, a key gateway to Indianapolis. The southeast terminus of the trail corridor links with the recently completed Main Street Speedway redevelopment project at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Long-term plans include connecting this acquisition with the Eagle Creek Trail and the B&O Trail to create a loop within the Town of Speedway. This acquisition is located in Marion County.
Acquisition of 15.5 acres of abandoned rail corridor to facilitate a trail through the town of Rockville in Parke County. The project will connect several isolated pieces of property already owned by the trail group. Long-term plans call for expansion of the trail to Rockville Lake Park to create a safe avenue for children to reach the soccer fields and additional recreational opportunities.
Purchase of a 60-acre parcel directly adjacent to Strawtown Koteewi Park. The property is a mix of forest, wetland, and farm fields targeted for prairie restoration. The wetlands lie in an old oxbow of the White River.
Purchase of 130 acres of second growth hardwood forest in Brown County. The property includes Brown Hill, a prominent ridge with views that extend for several miles. The northern boundary of the property is formed by the North Fork of Salt Creek. The property contains examples of five of the six major forest community types found in Brown County, including three types of dry-mesic.
Acquisition of 19.5 acres of mature upland forest located within the city limits of Angola, containing approximately four acres of designated wetlands. ACRES Land Trust will develop a primitive loop trail and small parking lot on the property to accommodate hikers and birdwatchers. This acquisition is located in Steuben County.
Purchase of 84 acres of upland hardwood forest. The majority of the land is comprised of east, south and north facing slopes around an intermittent stream. The property is located in Owen County and will be managed as part of the Owen-Putnam State Forest.
Acquisition of an abandoned railroad corridor in Grant County to develop a multi-use trail connecting Sweetser to Mier and the Oak Hill school complex, further extending the Cardinal Greenway trail system. The acquisition is composed of a series of parcels along a linear corridor totaling 6.41 acres.
Purchase of a 9-acre wooded lot adjacent to Salomon Farm Park in Allen County. This natural area includes a wooded wetland and low-land forest. Acquisition of the property will allow for the expansion of Salomon Farm Park’s existing trail network and provide interpretative opportunities to demonstrate the role of timber lots in early 20th Century agriculture.
Adds 87 acres to the Spring Creek Seeps Nature Preserve (currently 40 acres) in Montgomery County to protect an outstanding wetland complex of very high natural integrity. It features a large fen contained within a glacial outwash valley surrounded by rolling uplands of oak and hickory. A small groundwater-fed tributary stream empties through the property into the nearby Sugar Creek. This addition is considered critical to the long-term viability of the nature preserve.
A 23-acre addition to Chinook Fish and Wildlife Area in Clay County. Acquisition of the property will expand opportunities for hunting, trapping, bird watching and other recreational activities.
Acquisition of 77 acres of upland forested wildlife habitat to Splinter Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area in Jefferson County. Management of the property will focus on invasive vegetation control, soil conservation to promote water quality, and increased outdoor recreation opportunities.
Adds 40 acres of upland wildlife habitat to the Game Bird Habitat Area in Benton County. The tract will complement existing Indiana Fish and Wildlife property and provide additional recreational and hunting opportunities.
Purchase of 41 acres of freshwater forested/shrub wetland along the floodplain of the Wabash River adjacent to the southern portion of Fairbanks Land Fish & Wildlife Area in Sullivan County. Acquisition of the property will provide for the construction of a boat ramp to provide public access to the river.
Acquires 343 acres along Sugar Creek in Parke County. Acquisition of this parcel completes a 1,200-acre block of protected conservation lands. Topographically, the property is similar to Turkey Run State Park, with rare geological and ecological features.
Acquisition of two parcels totaling 95 acres of forest in Monroe County. The properties are typical of the steep topography found in the Brown County Hills region. The parcels adjoin Morgan-Monroe State Forest, and together share over ½ mile of boundary with the state.
Acquisition of four parcels (12 acres) to further the state visionary Pufferbelly Trail project in Allen County. The properties are adjacent to existing trail right of way and will provide for rapid expansion of the trail network.
Acquisition of 61 acres in Shelby County. The property includes 48 acres old growth forest known locally as Meltzer’s Woods. The site has been designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service, and is thought to be the last unprotected old growth forest in the state.
Purchase of 204 acres in southwestern Johnson County near Lamb Lake. The property features thriving forest communities, steep bluffs, exposed bedrock, shale bottom streams, and chunks of granite strewn across the valley floors. This project adjoins 355 acres already protected by the Central Indiana Land Trust.
Acquisition of 210 acres of upland hardwood forest straddling State Road 56 between Salem and Scottsburg in Washington County. This property fills a significant gap in existing state forest ground and provides an improved route for the Knobstone Trail.
Acquires a 39-acre inholding located in the northwest portion of Brown County State Park. The property features a prominent ridge and two valleys, and consists entirely of mature second growth hardwood forest.
Purchase of 109 acres adjacent to the existing 99-acre Pine Knob Park in LaGrange County. The purchase area features high quality sedge meadow and fen wetlands and oak/hickory woodland.
Adds 10 acres of excellent upland prairie wildlife habitat to the Game Bird Habitat Areas. The tract is adjacent to a pre-existing state owned Gamebird Habitat Area. Management will focus on uplands and a small wetland, establishing food plots, and providing additional recreational opportunities. This acquisition is located in Benton County.
Adds 33 acres to Chinook Fish and Wildlife Area and provides additional hunting, trapping, bird watching, and other recreational activities. Management will focus on preserving the grassy habitat of the parcel. This acquisition is located in Clay County.
Purchase of 18 acres adjacent to Sycamore Land Trust’s Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve in Brown County. The property’s exceptionally mature forest has been untouched for over 60 years, and provides habitat for threatened species including cerulean warbler and several other bird species, along with the eastern box turtle. The historic Yellowwood Trail crosses through the property.
Purchase of 8 acres of upland forest adjacent to Sycamore Land Trust’s Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve in Brown County. The property features habitat for threatened species including eastern hemlock, cerulean warbler and several other bird species, and eastern box turtle. The historic Yellowwood Trail crosses through the property.
Acquisition of 32 acres in Monroe County to expand TNC’s Cedar Bluffs Project Area. This purchase will help protect the forest matrix that buffers the limestone cliff communities and will reduce visitor impact on sensitive bluff tops by enlarging the overall size of the existing protected area.
Purchase of 93 acres located in DeKalb County. The acquisition includes 2,600 lineal feet along the west bank of Cedar Creek – one of only three designated scenic rivers in Indiana. The property contains emerging upland forest, mature forested floodplain and riparian buffer.
Acquisition of 46 wooded acres adjacent to Brincka Cross Gardens County Park in northern Porter County. The property lies across US Hwy 20 from Dunes National Lakeshore. Plans call for expanding the existing park’s trail system, with the hope of one day connecting to the National Lakeshore over or under the highway.
Purchase of 31 acres to be developed as the Beaver Dam Ditch and Pond Nature Park in Lake County. The property is a drained wetland currently used for agriculture. A small creek known as Beaver Dam Ditch runs through the property. Plans call for developing a 17-acre pond to create natural habitat, recreation opportunities, and to provide flood control.
Purchase of two properties totaling 23 acres to expand Falls Park in the Town of Pendleton. Both properties are owned by the South Madison Community Foundation, and will be sold at ½ of appraised value. Property #1 is situated at the north end of the park and features 20 acres of wooded wetlands along the east bank of Prairie Creek. Property #2 is three acres in size and located at the confluence of Prairie Creek and Fall Creek, just upstream from the Fall Creek waterfall that gives the Park its name. This acquisition is located in Madison County.
Purchase of 10 acres to add to ACRES’ existing 36-acre Mengerson Reserve, a state-dedicated nature preserve within the city limits of Fort Wayne in Allen County. The property features mature-growth forest and wetlands. Adjacent land is currently being developed for commercial and residential use. This acquisition is located in Allen County.
Acquisition of approximately 195 acres located just north of Lafayette to create the proposed Lake Harner Recreation Area. The property is a former gravel-mining operation that resulted in two bodies of water totaling approximately 70 acres. A majority of the property is in the floodplain of Wildcat Creek, with about 25 forested acres above floodplain. The property will support a multitude of recreational uses such as fishing, hiking and fitness trails, canoeing and kayaking, bird watching and picnicking.
Purchase of 80 acres adjacent to Durham Lake Wildlife Conservation Area in Kosciusko County. The property features 15 acres of woodland habitat. The remainder is in agriculture. The cultivated area is targeted for tree plantings and wetland restoration. Acquisition will provide additional hunting and wildlife-viewing opportunities.
Acquisition of 143 acres of land in western Vigo County. The property primarily consists of reclaimed open-pit coal mining land, including approximately 24 acres of freshwater forested shrub wetland and 28 acres in the floodplain of the Wabash River within the Healthy Rivers Initiative (HRI) Wabash River Conservation Area. The site will increase public access to outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, boating and bird watching.
Acquisition of 80 acres adjacent to a 64-acre property acquired with BNT funds in April 2013. The addition features eight acres of riparian corridor directly upstream from the high-quality ravine on the existing nature preserve, as well as 15 acres of mature mesic and wet deciduous forest. The property provides important wildlife habitat, particularly for birds. This acquisition is in Porter County.
Acquisition of 93 acres along the Ohio River in southern Harrison County. The property is the former site of a platted town known as Morvin. It served as a ferry landing until the 1966 completion of the Matthew Welsh Bridge 2 miles downstream at Mauckport. John Hunt Morgan and his group of Confederate raiders began their six-day foray through southern Indiana at this site, crossing the river here on July 8, 1863. While the Morvin’s Landing property has tremendous historic significance, it also contains several diverse habitat areas such as river buffer, wetlands, and several threatened and endangered plant species. The county plans to locate a boat ramp on the site. Such a task would provide the only public access to the Ohio River along Harrison County’s 45 river miles.
Purchase of 9 acres of woods and wetland in New Albany, near the county’s main commercial corridor. Although this is the highest populated census tract in Floyd County, it is currently served by only 1 acre of recreation land. The 9-acre purchase area is part of a 35-acre proposed park that will provide both passive and active recreation opportunities.
Acquisition of 20 acres of excellent woodland wildlife habitat adjacent to Durham Lake Wildlife Conservation Area in Kosciusko County. The property includes mature stands of hardwood trees. Examples include oak, cherry, black walnut, hickory, maple and beech. The acquisition will provide additional hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities