The Washington Times-Herald


March 4, 2014

Update of the Indiana Heritage Trust


Coffman Bluff, the Wayne County area, is a 69-acre tract that is now owned by the Whitewater Land Trust, another very active trust that is acquiring lands in eastern Indiana. This preserve has a forested bluff, a small pond, springs and an old farm field now reverting back to nature.

Trevlac Bluffs in northwestern Brown County is a high, north-facing bluff that overlooks Beanblossom Creek, one of Indiana’s most attractive streams. This is an area that both the Sycamore Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy are very active in protecting the natural heritage of lovely, scenic Brown County. Sycamore is another of Indiana’s very active land trust.

The new 37-acre acquisition will be added to the existing 200 or so acres present preserve. It is one of the few locations in Indiana where native hemlock trees still exist. This pretty evergreen is at its best in a cool location on a bluff or cliff top.

The other Brown County project is two additions to the Yellowwood State Forest, one of the state’s largest and most important in helping ensure the integrity of the Brown County Hills Region. This is one of the largest forested areas in the Midwest.

These two additions total 737 acres and add some high quality woodlands to the state forest. Yellowwood State Forest contains some of the best oak-hickory forest lands remaining in Indiana, and is a great place to visit and explore its hilly landscape.

The Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy was very active in acquiring and then adding this new addition to the state forest. Yellowwood State Forest is located between Bloomington and Nashville and has lands both north and south of Highway 46. The north segment is the most often visited as it has lovely Yellowwood Lake and campground as an added attraction to its now over 24,000 acres.

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