The Natural Resources Commission has approved the designation of Ginn Woods Nature Preserve in Delaware County. With the action, the NRC says the number of state-designated sites protected by the Nature Preserves Act increases to 292.
Earlier this year, Ball State University’s board of trustees approved a proposal to dedicate Ginn Woods as a state nature preserve.
Ginn Woods Nature Preserve, which is owned by Ball State University, is a 161-acre area that comprises the second-largest tract of protected old-growth forest in Indiana. The site supports a diversity of plants and animals that are uncommon in the landscape of east-central Indiana and is dominated by beech and maple.
The NRC says the site supports rich flora, including spring ephemerals and a variety of fern communities.