69-Acre Nature Preserve Opens In Martinsville

A piece of land north of Martinsville that could have been developed is open to the public as a nature preserve.

As soon as retired businessman Robert Myer heard this site of 55 acres was up for sale, he knew he wouldn’t have much time to save it from bulldozers and construction workers. The land off State Road 67 was marketed as a prime development site.

“It was rare, and it very easily could have been developed and taken over by someone else and so we had to act quickly and it was wonderful our family could help out,” Myer says.

The Central Indiana Land Trust is already protecting 14 aces. So in all, 69 acres are now part of the preserve.

At a ceremony Tuesday, Myer dedicated the land to his parents. Bob’s father, Fred Meyer, was instrumental in establishing the state’s first nature preserve in the 1960s and the Morgan County site is named in honor of Bob’s father.

“My parents really loved the out of doors, and they really appreciated Indiana’s natural heritage.”

The Fred and Dorothy Meyer Nature Preserve is open to the public for hiking and bird watching.

Cliff Chapman, the interim executive director for the Central Indiana Land Trust, says that includes some species of oak trees that are typically only found in the southernmost part of the state.

“This area here is the northern most part of the state of Indiana that has these southern Indiana plant communities, so a lot of the plant and wildlife species you can find here are more indicative of what you’d find closer to the Ohio River than up here by the White River,” Chapman says.

Across the state, the Central Indiana Land Trust has dedicated more than 4,000 acres as nature preserves.

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