Protected area in Austin Bottoms grows with recent purchases

Outdoor enthusiasts now have access to 3,028 acres of protected land in the Austin Bottoms Healthy Rivers INitiative area.

That include 302 acres of land purchased in the past year from landowners in the area that spans 26,000 acres along the Muscatatuck River in Jackson, Scott and Washington counties.

The project was established by Gov. Mitch Daniels in June 2010 with a goal of protecting nearly 70,000 acres along the Wabash River, Sugar Creek and Muscatatuck River.

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