The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recently opened an additional 295 acres for public use along the Muscatatuck River in Jackson, Scott and Washington counties.
The new acreage, which opened Sept. 24, was acquired through the DNR’s Healthy Rivers INitiative and will expand the Austin Bottoms Conservation Area.
More than 12,500 acres have been opened to the public through the initiative since the conservation project began in 2010.
Since 2010, HRI has acquired 14,353 acres in the Wabash River, Sugar Creek and Austin Bottoms conservation areas.
Combined with existing state-owned properties and land enrolled in federal conservation easements, more than 35,275 acres now have permanent conservation protection within the HRI project area.