Editorial: Land purchase offers investment to preserve nature

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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