John Bacone, director of DNR’s Division of Nature Preserves, will speak at the grand opening and dedication ceremony for Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve in Allen County on Nov. 2.
ACRES Land Trust acquired the 88-acre property near Woodburn in 2012 with assistance from the Indiana Heritage Trust, the Bicentennial Nature Trust, and DNR Division of Nature Preserves.
With 3,000 feet of Maumee River Frontage, Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve is a nesting area for great blue herons and features mature trees, wildflowers and a natural spring.
Blue Cast Springs includes the 5,000th acre preserved by ACRES Land Trust.
The ceremony is at 10 a.m. at the nature preserve, 21412 Bluecast Road, Woodburn.
In addition to IHT and BNT, other partners and donors for the acquisition of the property include the Mary C. and Perry F. Spencer Foundation, the Suedhoff Memorial Trust, and several private individuals.
More information on nature preserves is at naturepreserves.dnr.IN.gov. More information on ACRES Land Trust and Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve is at acreslandtrust.org.