The Central Indiana Land Trust Inc. has acquired 109 acres of forest land in southern Johnson County. The land trust says the environmentally significant land, known as Callon Hollow, is home to a wide range of plants and animals, including endangered species in Indiana.
The trust says the land includes worm-eating warblers, hooded warblers and broad-winged hawks, as well as a population of spotted wintergreen, which is a plant species on the state watch list.
The land is part of an area of focus for the land trust known as Hills of Gold, which includes the Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow and Betley Woods at Glacier’s End.
“By adding to the Hills of Gold area, we are protecting crucial habitat for so many rare and endangered species,” said Cliff Chapman, executive director of CILTI. “Indiana doesn’t have a lot of big blocks of forest remaining so adding this preserve within a larger conservation area does a lot to help plants and animals to thrive.”
With the newly-acquired land, the land trust says there are now more than 1,500 acres protected in the area.