Why You Should Visit
Found at the lowest elevation in Indiana, Point Township Complex in Posey County is a group of natural communities that display Deep South character. Flatwoods is the primary natural community type, but within the area are ancient river channels, which today are manifested as the deep sloughs, swamps, and ponds that characterize the region. The preserves also exhibit a treasure trove of state significant sites as well as rare plants and animals. Twin Swamps was dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in 1987.
What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done
Beginning in 1986, the Conservancy and the DNR have methodically protected land throughout the township in order to preserve the diversity of ecosystems, rare plant species and uncommon animal species that make their home in the Point Township Complex preserve. Prescribed burns are also applied at the Section 6 Flatwoods to allow sunlight to reach understory plants and to maintain the state-endangered buffalo clover, which requires fire or soil disturbance to germinate its seeds.
These preserves are owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves. Work done in them is in partnership with the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife, Indiana Heritage Trust, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.