Why You Should Visit
Dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in 1992 and again in 2013, Conrad Station Savanna is a large, high-quality black oak sand savanna in Newton County. Conrad Station is east of U.S. 41 and is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. Conrad Savanna, another black oak sand savanna, is west of U.S. 41 and is owned and managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Nature Preserves. Oak savanna is the predominant plant community on these dry sands, with black and white oaks being the most common trees, but interestingly the prickly pear cactus also finds a home here. Remnant foundations from the abandoned town of Conrad, including a blacksmith shop, church, and school, still exist on the preserve. Conrad Station Savanna has an amazing history.
What The Nature Conservancy has Done/is Doing
For the past several years, volunteer stewardship workdays have focused on restoring the savanna, both by the physical removal of woody plant species and the re-introduction of prescribed fires to maintain this community. The Conservancy's goals also include working with the Department of Nature Preserves to simulate pre-settlement conditions in the restoration of the areas south of the preserve and to establish the site as a premier Black Oak Barrens preserve.
Conrad Station Savanna is owned and managed by both The Nature Conservancy and the Indiana DNR's Division of Nature Preserves. Work done at this preserve is in partnership with Cedar Lake Fish & Game Club, Indiana Heritage Trust, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Waterfowl USA, Wild Turkey Federation, and North America Wetlands Conservation Act.