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Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve To Reopen May 18

Beanblossom bottoms

The new section of boardwalk has non-slip treading. (Zach Herndon, WFIU/WTIU News)

A popular Sycamore Land Trust hiking trail in Ellettsville will reopen to the public next week after being closed for repairs for more than a year. 

Volunteers worked with Loren Wood builders to help replace and modernize the most-used, half-mile portion of the raised boardwalk at the Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. 

The new boardwalk has steel anchors and plastic decking with non-slip treading

A $250,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust helped pay for the project.

John Lawrence is the Executive Director of Sycamore Land Trust. He says he hopes the improvements will inspire visitors.

"It’s going to allow more people to get out here and experience nature and learn why it’s important to protect," Lawrence says.

The preserve is home to several species of animals, including the Indiana bat, Kirtland's snake and even bald eagles. 

It will reopen to the public with a special celebration starting at 10 a.m. May 18.

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