The Central Indiana Land Trust has bought 109 acres of the forest off Hougham Road in southwestern Johnson County and plans to open it as a nature preserve the public can visit.
The Indianapolis-based environmental nonprofit group raised $500,000 in donations to buy the land from a family that wants the land to be preserved, executive directer Heather Bacher said. The nonprofit also received a $180,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The land is part of a 4,000-acre tract of forest that the land trust wants to preserve to protect certain species, such as the Eastern box turtle, worm-eating warbler and hooded warbler, conservation director Cliff Chapman said.
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