Prophetstown State Park ready for new project after given $20,000 grant

Indiana's newest state park is undergoing a huge project next year.

Posted: Oct 28, 2019 11:30 PM

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) -- Indiana's newest state park is undergoing a huge project next year.

It's all thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

A $20,000 grant is being spent on the restoration of oak savanna at Prophetstown State Park.

It's all for the sake of making it look like it was untouched by mankind.

"Prophetstown is kind of a unique state park that we are always growing and changing," said the park's interpretive naturalist, Jenna Freeman.

The park always needs to adapt to the environment. Prophetstown is getting ready to plant and maintain 225 trees throughout 25 acres of the park.

"It's definitely a lot of work to get our habitat's restored back to what they might have looked like before people touched them," said Freeman.

Freeman is talking about the goal of Prophetstown, which is making the land look like what it was before anyone settled there. 

"So with this tree planting, it's going to make a difference when we plant the trees," said Freeman. "We are going to have some noticeable tree species out here with the first plant."

The first plant includes fire-resistant species like Hickory, Dogwoods and many oaks.

They can survive the extreme temperatures.

Historically, oak savannas extended into northwest Indiana.

"I think it'll be cool for people to keep coming back to the park and see those trees grow and they get larger and larger," said Freeman.

Freeman said it'll take a lot of work, but the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will do the work along with volunteers from Duke Energy.

A volunteer day is still in the process of being scheduled, but the planting should begin this time next year.

The grant will cover the planting and maintaining of the trees. 

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