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Loblolly Marsh to be state's 250th nature preserve

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BRYANT, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana marsh that provided the backdrop for “A Girl of the Limberlost” and other novels by author Gene Stratton-Porter will become Indiana’s 250th state-designated nature preserve.

Loblolly Marsh in northern Jay County currently is wetland preserve established in 1997. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says its formal designation as a nature preserve goes before a state panel in September.

Gov. Mitch Daniels went to the 440-acre site about 40 miles south of Fort Wayne for the announcement Tuesday. He says nature preserve status for Loblolly Marsh is fitting given Stratton-Porter’s place in the history of conservation.

Farmers drained the marsh from 1888 to 1910, but crop losses from periodic flooding plagued the landowners, and restoration of the wetlands began in the early 1990s.

 

Posted 7/24/2012