Why You Should Visit
Dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in 1995, Goose Pond Cypress Slough in Posey County is a slice of the Deep South found in southwestern Indiana. The pond is actually a series of small sloughs—old side channels in the Ohio River floodplain—that run about four miles along the river. Stately bald cypress trees and cypress knees line the slough, and this preserve is perhaps the easiest place to view these unusual-to-the-state trees. Visiting this site in the wetter months can be tricky, but is definitely worth it.
What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done
Acquiring the pondweed-carpeted cypress slough preserved a unique habitat to Indiana as the bald cypress is near its northern range limit in southwestern Indiana. Unfortunately, the greatest threat to the slough is flooding from the Ohio River. A navigation dam on the Ohio backs water up into the preserve almost every spring, depositing an inch or two of sediment. The Conservancy fears that the preserve will eventually be altered beyond its capacity for healing and that all of the interesting plants and animals will be lost.
Work done at this preserve is in partnership with the Indiana Heritage Trust & Department of Nature Preserves.