Why You Should Visit
Fern Cliff in Putnam County was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1980 and dedicated in parts as a State Nature Preserve in 1988 and 1996. Steep, forested sandstone cliffs, lush wooded ravines, and a profusion of ferns and bryophytes characterize this popular preserve. Its unique vegetation makes the preserve a botanists’ floral paradise.
What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done
The Nature Conservancy staff, along with our devoted volunteer stewards, work to stem the invasion of autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata), an exotic species threatening to crowd out native plant species.
This work is done in partnership with the Indiana Department of Nature Preserves, Indiana Heritage Trust, and the Joe. C. Emerson Memorial Fund.