Blue River Bottoms Nature Preserve

The highest priority natural areas for Red-tail to preserve are along the existing waterways. Because east central Indiana’s wildlife habitat areas are fragmented, it is important to protect these corridors so that individual plants and animals can more easily move between these isolated areas. Where possible we strive to expand the corridors, and this is exactly what was achieved by this project. Red-tail board member Jeff Ray and Red-tail founder, Barry Banks negotiated with the owners of this 19 acre parcel along the Big Blue River for over two years. In mid-2004, we arrived at an agreement with the owners to purchase the woods.

Jeff Ray took to the task of raising funds to purchase this riparian, wooded wetland. Through his personal efforts and generosity, Red-tail was able to acquire title in December. Since then, Jeff, Randy Jones, and numerous volunteers have spent many hours in the woods planting native hardwoods, clearing invasive non-native plants and cutting a trail.


Acres: 19

Accessibility: Open to the Public

Features: Parking at Vectren pull-off.

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