Monarch Meadows

Monarch Meadows

Monarch Meadows Nature Preserve The Case for Conservation Head south from Lawrenceburg pass through Rising Sun. Turn south onto Dibble Road and get out of the car. You’ll find yourself in the midst of vast swaths of wildflowers – and the newest Oak Heritage Conservancy nature preserve. Chrys Cook, an OHC Board Member, had been […]

Riverview Preserve

Riverview Preserve

Turn onto Riverview Drive in Hanover to find a winding road that ends on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River. The drive is bordered by family homes and steep, wooded hillsides that head down into valleys. When a 3.5 acre portion of that steep forest came up for auction last Fall, something impressive happened: the […]

Webster Woods

Webster Woods

A mile long, easy to walk trail is now open to the public at Webster Woods Preserve. It can be reached by taking Highway 56 West out of Hanover to County Road 1066 West. Turning south brings visitors to a dead end road. Parking is usually available at the unused church. The trailhead can be […]

Hall-Carmer Wetlands

Hall-Carmer Wetlands

The Hall-Carmer Wetlands bears tribute to the lives and visions of Perry and Florence Buchanan Hall and their son-in-law and daughter, Bill and Lilian Hall Carmer. The family was typical of many small farmers who once dotted the landscape of southeastern Indiana. They owned several forty-acre plots, raised a few crops, kept some cows and […]

Harrel Cohron Conservation Area

Harrel Cohron Conservation Area

As a part of estate planning, Bill Cohron’s son Travis suggested that a conservation easement might be the best way to protect their 314-acre farm in southeast Jefferson County. The land backs up against the Splinter Ridge Wildlife Management Area, and the Cohrons use it as a recreation and hunting retreat for family and friends. Today, Oak Heritage Conservancy […]

Lebline Woods Preserve

Lebline Woods Preserve

Lebline Woods Preserve Steve and Mary Ann Simmons donated this riparian forest to Oak Heritage Conservancy in August of 2016. The following is Steve’s essay about this 28-acre riparian forest. You can also read it on his website, along with his other essays. Legacy That we may dwell in our place with a full heart.  […]

Wheeler Hollow

Wheeler Hollow

Five acres may seem like a small parcel to conserve, but Wheeler Hollow Preserve is special. Its beauty and worth are evident to visitors, but it offers something else, too. Wheeler Hollow adjoins Hiker’s Knob (another OHC property) on two sides. Hiker’s Knob includes part of the Knobstone Trail. This is important. The Hiker’s Knob property could […]

Guthrie Woods

Guthrie Woods

The protection of this “flat woods” is the story of a man and a woman, and their love for each other and their native state of Indiana. William Guthrie and Sarah Lewis were married in 1875. Their union lasted fifty years, until Sarah’s death in 1925 during a trip to Egypt. William was good in […]

Tribbett Woods

Tribbett Woods

Near the small Jennings County community of Commiskey stands Tribbett Woods, one of the few remaining examples of old growth “flat woods” in Indiana today. This 33 acre grove has been in the Tribbett family since 1857. When I first visited the Tribbett home in 1980, the last two members of this lineage, Ida and […]

Smith Woods

Smith Woods

Regrowth. That’s the message that Smith Woods Preserve shares with any visitor willing to wade through the brambles. When this 20-acre forest was donated to Oak Heritage Conservancy, it needed a little R&R. One Spring, we gathered a group of die-hard OHC supporters, some professors and college students from Hanover College, and our shovels…and some […]