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Conservation group reforests 100-plus acres of farmland

A northern Indiana conservation group says it planted 55,000 native hardwood saplings this spring on more than 100 acres of marginal farmland.

Posted: May 20, 2019 10:02 AM

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana conservation group says it planted 55,000 native hardwood saplings this spring on more than 100 acres of marginal farmland.

ACRES Land Trust said Wednesday that the reforesting efforts at three of its nature preserves represent the most trees it's planted in a single year.

The organization credits planning, donors and volunteer support for its brisk tree-planting pace.

The Journal Gazette reports that the group reforested 80 acres of the Walter H. and E. Marie Myers Nature Preserve near the northern Indiana community of Chili, 17 acres of the James P. Covell Nature Preserve near Auburn and nine acres at the James M. & Patricia D. Barrett Nature Preserve near Huntertown.

Since 2016, the nonprofit has reforested 165 acres by planting nearly 100,000 trees at six nature preserves.

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