Governor Mike Pence will cut the ribbon Thursday morning on the Meltzer Woods Nature Preserve. The preserve, which covers 60-acres in Shelby County, is the state’s last unprotected old-growth forest.
The land is being preserved thanks to a gift from the Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust.
The gift allowed the Central Indiana Land Trust to purchase the property and preserve the woods. The CILT says by definition, "old-growth forests include trees more than 150 years old and have been relatively undisturbed for a century."
Meltzer Woods was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973. The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10:30.
You can find more information on the history of Meltzer Woods by clicking here.