Webster Woods

Webster Woods

Planning a visit? Click to download the Webster Woods Preserve Guide 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 […]

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

— 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.  —Scott Russell […]

Hikers Knob & Wheeler Hollow

Hikers Knob & Wheeler Hollow

Planning a visit? Click to download the Hikers Knob and Wheeler Hollow Preserve Guide 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. […]

Guthrie Woods

Guthrie Woods

Planning a visit? Click to download the Guthrie Woods Nature Preserve Guide 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 […]

Tribbett Woods

Tribbett Woods

Planning a visit? Click to download the Tribbetts Woods Nature Preserve Guide 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 […]

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 […]

Hilltop Farm

Hilltop Farm

Attention: Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve is CLOSED to visitors for deer reduction from now until January 3rd, 2021. Planning a visit in the future? Click to download the Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve Guide   A History of Loving the Land William J. Doud Jr (Uncle Bill) and Mary T. Doud (Tee Tee) purchased Hilltop Farm on […]

Buttonwood

Buttonwood

Planning a visit? Click to download the Buttonwood Nature Preserve Guide You could define Buttonwood Nature Preserve as 52 acres of rural land at the southeast corner of Sparta Township in Dearborn County, Indiana. To David Styer and Myra Messick, it was a place away from daily concerns, a place to explore and record the […]