Why You Should Visit
Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Green’s Bluff in Owen County is a large wooded riparian habitat with uplands, ravines, tributary valleys, steep cliffs, karst features, hemlock forest and floodplain forest. The preserve also features a great blue heron rookery as well as an old grist mill whose remnants can be found in a bend of Raccoon Creek.
This preserve was established in 1985, and as of 2021, the preserve is 1,134 acres.
What's New at Green's Bluff
In 2015, TNC added 197 acres to the preserves. TNC converted 10 acres of this land into pollinator habitat by first removing invasive species and then planting with native wildflowers and grasses.
In addition, TNC has improved the existing trail at Green’s Bluff and added interpretive signage to enhance visitor enjoyment. TNC also created a second trail at the site, which runs through the newer acquisition.
The new trail and pollinator habitat were made possible by a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. Duke has been a long-time supporter of TNC and conservation projects in Indiana.
What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done
The Conservancy has added important acreage and protected the site from imminent development. We are also actively pursuing more additions at the preserve to consolidate protection of oak forests. Ongoing stewardship tasks include trash removal, boundary posting, interior fence removal, and tree planting.
The Nature Conservancy has planted more than 68,000 trees at Green’s Bluff in order repair and connect the fragmented forest here.
- WHY: Many plant and animal species need large, unfragmented forests to survive.
- WHAT: We planted hardwood tree species such as red oak, white oak, black walnut, black cherry and shagbark hickory. Also included in the mix are flowering dogwood and hazelnut trees.
- HOW: TNC staff machine-planted fallow hayfields, planting 680 trees per acre. We selected trees based upon their growth rates, historical presence in the area and habitat value.
- WHEN: The trees were planted in 2001, 2016 and 2017.