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Last updated on Monday, March 18, 2013
(GNAW BONE) - Sycamore Land Trust bought the 600 acres of woodland in Brown County from a group of investors who have owned the land since the 1980s.
The land neighbors Brown County State Park and Gnawbone Camp - adding to the 18,000 acres of protected forest the state park.
Ally Suffrin of WFIU reports that the land supports the Chestnut Oak, a tree rarely found outside Brown County.
Sycamore Executive Director Christian Freitag says that, combined with the fact that it was left relatively untouched, means it has both ecological and recreational benefits.
Brown County Community Foundation CEO Larry Pejeau says ecotourism is a major part of the county's economy, and he believes the newly preserved woodland will attract even more visitors.
With the purchase, Sycamore Land Trust now conserves more than 8,000 acres in Indiana.
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