CARROLL CO., Ind. (WLFI) — NICHES Land Trust is adding another 71 acres to its nature preserve in Carroll County.
NIPSCO helped NICHES with the purchase of land around the Frogs' Glory property near the Tippecanoe River.
Much of the land has been farm land, but NICHES plans to reforest it by planting trees and adding a two-and-a-half-mile-long trail.
NIPSCO is working with NICHES to help mitigate for the wooded areas that were cleared for the Greentown Renolds Transmission powerline.
The new 71 acres surrounds the existing 37 acres of Frogs' Glory preserve off of State Road 39 in Carroll County.
Executive Director Gus Nyberg said bigger preserves means better habitats for animals.
"We'll be planting a lot of oak trees, a lot of White Oaks from the soil types that's out there. The mass trees or the oak trees with the acorns that they produce are really important for wildlife; turkey, deer, red-headed woodpeckers and the like and the system really drives off of that," said Nyberg.
The expansion of Frogs' Glory makes the boundaries stretch closer to the Moyer Gould Woods, another NICHES property.
NICHES plans to begin planting trees and working on the property in April. They hope to be finished by July of 2018.