We have opened our new Southwest Indiana Program Office in the Evansville area to expand our conservation efforts along southwest Indiana and the lower Wabash River. Brad Smith, director of our new office, is now working with the Indiana Chapter’s partners and members to oversee the area’s priorities. The Wabash River and its tributaries are included in The Nature Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership. Established in ____, this partnership focuses on problems of water quality and quantity around the world, and aims to reduce the impact of intensive local land use on habitat loss.
Southwest Indiana Program Priorities:
- Restore stretches of floodplain along the Wabash River, investing $495,000 that will leverage $16,275,000 in federal dollars (a return on our investment of 32:1). This will put 5,000 acres of flood-prone land along the Wabash River back into hardwood trees.
- Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts to promote best farming practices, such as the two-stage ditch.
- Protect land at sites such as the Ohio-Wabash Rivers Confluence, Little Pigeon Corridor, Coffee Bayou, and Saunders Woods.
- Increase The Nature Conservancy’s presence within the local communities, thus providing educational opportunities to members and the public.
- Undertake scientific research to learn about the effects of oxbows along the Wabash River on wildlife, the effects of large reforestation efforts on flooding, and the migration and nesting patterns of birds in the area.
Meet Brad Smith
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Conserving our state treasures
The region where the Wabash and Ohio Rivers flow together contains the widest array of habitats in the entire state.