TNC dedicates latest acquisition on Saturday
Another 294 acres is being added to the Mosquito Creek complex in southern Harrison County, thanks to the generous gift of a long-time Indianapolis woman.
Sally Reahard, who died at the age of 95 in July 2003, left $70 million to The Nature Conservancy. It is the single largest bequest in the organization’s history. More than half of her donation, in excess of $40 million, was to be used in Indiana.
On Saturday, Sally Reahard Woods will be dedicated during a presentation at 11 a.m. RSVPs are required and can be made by calling 1-800-937-5263 or sent by e-mail to [email protected]
Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is scheduled to speak at the dedication. Also expected to attend are State Sen. Richard Young, D-Milltown, Corydon town council president Fred Cammack and several members of Reahard’s family.
Mosquito Creek Nature Preserve encompasses more than 1,600 acres. The first purchase, consisting of 120 acres, was made in 1987 by the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources’ Division of Nature Preserves. That formed the Klinstiver Glade State Nature Preserve and protected the best glade (areas that support rare plants) in the area.
Then, in the mid-1990s, The Nature Conservancy was able to acquire, through auction, about 200 acres, protecting about a half square mile of forest. Nearby are other preserves ‘ Stone Hill Glades, Teeple Glade Mayme Hinton Glade ‘ under TNC’s protection.
With the addition of the acreage purchased with Reahard’s gift, there are more than 1,600 acres in the preserve at Mosquito Creek. Some of the acreage is owned by The Nature Conservancy, some by the DNR, and others are privately owned and entered voluntarily in management agreements.
Nature Conservancy staff says the property features rugged forestland and steep bluffs that provide great hiking.
Persons attending the dedication Saturday are invited to hike through Mosquito Creek Woods and nearby areas. Paul Carmony and Harold Allison will lead the hikes after the presentation. And each person attending will receive a complimentary tree sapling.
Saturday’s activities are scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Gov. Mitch Daniels has proclaimed Oct. 15 as Miss Sally Reahard Day for the state of Indiana.
Daniels called Reahard ‘a philanthropist who cared deeply about the natural world, worked to improve and preserve natural habitats and sites in the state of Indiana and across our nation.’
Reahard, who was born in Dayton, Ohio, funded more than 19 percent of the acreage the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has acquired and more than one quarter of the Indiana Natural Heritage Protection Campaign Acres since that program was started in 1991. She was named the Indiana Hero of the Year by the national Nature Conservancy in 2001.
Mosquito Creek is open to the public for nature study and hiking only. Hunting, trapping, fires, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, littering and vehicles are prohibited in the preserve area.