Wetland preserve gains ground

The Austin Bottoms Conservation Area along the Muscatatuck River has grown to more than 3,000 acres with the recent addition of 673 acres.

About 400 acres of that property — purchased through the Healthy Rivers INitiative — is in Jackson County, just north of Stucker Fork Fish and Wildlife Area in Scott County.

The Austin Bottoms Conservation Area is mainly bottom-land hardwoods with some wetlands. The state eventually hopes to conserve 26,000 acres through the initiative along the Muscatatuck River, coordinator Angie Tilton said.

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