Why You Should Visit
One of the largest, wettest and most diverse examples of the Bluegrass Tillplain flatwoods in Indiana, Chelsea Flatwoods in Jefferson County is a forest offering various wildflowers, ferns and an interesting mix of trees. American beech, sweet gum, sugar maple and a variety of oaks dominate the woods while a number of ferns cover the forest floor.
What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done
Stewardship activities include invasive removal—garlic mustard and bush honeysuckle, for example—and reforestation of the adjacent agricultural fields. Prescribed burns have also been applied to ensure the enhancement of rare plant species. The Conservancy plans to secure the last remaining flatwoods in the area to provide a small buffer zone around the preserve's core.
This work is done in partnership with the Indiana Heritage Trust.