Fawn River Fen Restoration
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northern LaGrange County, IN

The Nature Conservancy will improve fen, sedge meadow, and adjacent upland habitat for pollinators, reptiles, and other species by removing invasive species and establishing native vegetation. This work will restore approximately 83 acres of high-quality fen, sedge meadow, and adjacent upland habitat. Fawn River Fen is a high-quality natural area owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. The 120-acre preserve has nearly one mile of riparian area along the Fawn River that wraps around glacial kames and fen plant communities, and is within two miles of the only extant Indiana population of the federally endangered Mitchell satyr. Project activities include controlling 15 acres of hybrid cattails, treating three acres of dense shrubs, thinning two acres of wetland–upland interface, and restoring native plant species on 68 acres of upland habitat. The overall goal of the project is to restore high-quality fen and sedge meadow habitat and create an herbaceous vegetative continuum across the fen and into the uplands to allow for free movement of animals and prescribed fire.

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