State expands two nature preserves 

click to enlarge Northern Indiana landscape. By annahesser via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Northern Indiana landscape. By annahesser via Flickr Creative Commons

Staff report

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission approved additions to two existing nature preserves in northern Indiana.

The largest addition is 337 acres at Manitou Island Nature Preserve in Fulton County. It includes a wetland complex of shrub swamp, marsh, forested swamp, sedge meadow, shrub fen, natural lake and associated upland and lowland forests.

The Manitou Island Preserve now connects to two other preserves - Judy Burton and Bob Kern - bringing the area to a total of 740 acres that protect the southern end of Lake Manitou.

The commission also approved a 69.5-acre addition to Crooked Lake Nature Preserve in Whitley County. The land includes upland forests, reforested former fields, and a pond. The land now covers approximately 215-acres on the north side of Crooked Lake.

The DNR owns and manages both preserves.

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