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Columbia Mine Preserve Opens Saturday
Updated October 1, 2013 8:38 AM
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(OAKLAND CITY) - A 1,000-acre nature preserve in southwestern Indiana's coal country that's home to river otters, bobcats and rare bird species is opening for public this weekend.

The Columbia Mine Preserve opens Saturday for passive recreational uses such as hiking, bird-watching, and photography.

The 1,043-acre site is managed by the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Sycamore Land Trust and is located near Oakland City.

Public access to the preserve will eventually include fishing and limited hunting, but not until after an access plan is published next year in the Federal Register.

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