Birds, bugs, bureaucrats, arborists and nature buffs can all welcome the latest inclusion to Indiana’s legacy of environmental stewardship- the Lucas Hollow Nature Preserve.

The Lucas Hollow Nature Preserve contains a variety of flora and fauna unique to Indiana, and some of the finest examples of untouched hardwoods in the state, including sugar maples, American elm and the embattled white ash tree. The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, a century-long examination of Hoosier forest management that began in 2006, also utilizes the site for its study.

Lucas Hollow Nature Preserve, the Natural Resources Commission’s 282nd protected site, resides on the southern end of Indiana’s largest and most popular state park, Brown County State Park.