Nature preserve planned at site where glaciers stopped

FILE - In this 2005 file photo, visitors view Half Dome from Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park, Calif. A massive sheet of rock has fallen from the vertical face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, making one of the most popular routes attempted by climbers in North America even more challenging, park officials said Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas, File)

NINEVEH, Ind. (AP) — A land preservation group plans to open a nature preserve at a central Indiana site where glaciers stopped some 12,000 years ago.

The Central Indiana Land Trust says its latest purchase will allow for the creation of the 550-acre Glacier’s End Nature Preserve near the Johnson County town of Nineveh.

The group says the forest site is a mix of land flattened by glaciers and that similar to the rolling hills of nearby Brown County. The property about 25 miles south of Indianapolis includes steep bluffs and is home to some rare bird species.

Plans are to open the preserve to the public in 2017 after building parking areas, trails and educational signs.

The land purchase cost about $700,000, which included $300,000 from Indiana’s Bicentennial Nature Trust.

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