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Sycamore Land Trust Acquires 600 More Acres In Brown County

The group bought the 600 acres of woodland in Brown County from a group of investors who have owned the land since the 1980s.

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The 600 acres are located near Gnaw Bone, Indiana, in rural Brown County. The land supports the Chestnut Oak, a tree rarely found outside Brown County.

The Sycamore Land Trust recently purchased 600 acres in Brown County in a conservation effort which could have benefits for both the public and the wildlife

Sycamore Land Trust bought the 600 acres of woodlands from a group of investors who had owned the land since the 1980s. The land neighbors Brown County State Park which has about 18,000 acres of protect forest and Gnawbone Camp.

Sycamore Executive Director Christian Freitag says that, combined with the fact that it was left relatively untouched, means it has both ecological and recreational benefits.

“It’s just becoming increasingly difficult for people to find those recreational opportunities,” he says. “So to be able to have a property that has a trail—a place that people can go and visit and go bird watching or just enjoy nature, that’s actually providing a benefit to the people who live nearby those places.”

Brown County Community Foundation CEO Larry Pejeau says ecotourism is a major part of the county’s economy, and he believes the newly preserved woodland will attract even more visitors.

“The beauty of Brown County is really our greatest asset. So anybody that’s preserving it and protecting is a friend of ours,” he says.

With the purchase, Sycamore Land Trust now conserves more than 8,000 acres in Indiana.

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