Hallowed Ground Indiana's Newest Nature Preserve

By Eric Olson

April 16, 2011 Updated Apr 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--This patch of ground just west of Huntington is like most of the land across Huntington county…wet lowland, rich in nutrients, rich in history and for this spot, rich in expectations.

This is where the Little River meets the muddy Wabash, just a stones throw from the historic Forks of the Wabash. On this ground the Miami nation and early trappers created a corridor for exploration and trade that led to the settlement of Indiana and parts west. And now this land, 53 acres of it, are protected from development.

This is the brand new Little River Landing nature preserve, purchased by Acres Land Trust and the Little River Wetland Project which created the Eagle Marsh preserve in Fort Wayne, the headwaters of the Little River. Twenty miles west of Eagle Marsh Little River Landing marks the river’s end and in between are 25-thousand acres of river basin the Wetland Project is dedicated to protecting.

“You’re witnessing one of the best restoration projects in the history of the state of Indiana when it comes to wetlands,” says Little River Wetlands Project director Sean Nolan.

Plans are for trails throughout this preserve, opening it up to humans who will share it with the plants and animals that have lived here for centuries…and through the efforts of some tireless friends of nature, will help us all coexist for many years to come. This is Eric Olson reporting.

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