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Indiana Natural Resource Commission OKs three new state nature preserves

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The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has approved nature preserve status for three sites, increasing to 277 the number of state-designated sites protected by the Nature Preserves Act, which turns 50 years old this year.

At its monthly meeting on Tuesday, the NRC formally designated the following as new nature preserves: Pisgah Marsh in Kosciusko and Whitley counties; Greenbrier Knob in Harrison County; and County Line Glades in Harrison and Crawford counties.

Pisgah Marsh Nature Preserve is a 118-acre property that is part of the larger Pisgah Marsh Fish & Wildlife Area and is owned and managed by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. It features high-quality examples of fen, sedge meadow, marsh, and oak woodland natural communities--with an ADA-accessible boardwalk leading visitors to Pisgah Lake--and provides habitat for a number of state-endangered wildlife species, including Blanding’s turtle, spotted turtle, Virginia rail, sedge wren and least bittern.

Greenbrier Knob, owned and administrated by the DNR Division of Forestry and comprised of two separate tracts in Harrison-Crawford State Forest, protects mesic upland forest that borders the Blue River along with gravel-wash sites and a high-quality example of a riverine limestone ledge community that hosts several rare and endangered plant species.

Noteworthy plant species at Greenbrier Knob include state and federally endangered Short’s goldenrod, Appalachian bugbane, prairie redroot, sand grape, and cleft phlox. Its state-rare species include barren strawberry and wild false indigo. The watch-listed meadow spike-moss and American wild basil also can be found there. Noteworthy animal species include several mollusks along the banks of the Blue River: the state endangered clubshell and snuffbox, and the state special-concern kidneyshell and little spectaclecase. Also present is the state special-concern spotted darter.

County Line Glades, owned and administrated by the DNR Division of Forestry, is also comprised of two separate tracts in Harrison-Crawford State Forest. It features limestone glades and adjoining dry upland forest with a diverse assortment of site indicator species, including Indian grass, New Jersey tea, American columbo, blackjack oak and post oak. Noteworthy plant species include the state rare golden alexanders and limestone adder’s-tongue as well as the state threatened pink thoroughwort. Noteworthy animal species include the watch listed springtail and the state endangered Indiana bat.




Posted 1/18/2017




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