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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