Current Conservation Projects

Mounds Greenway

Mounds GreenwayThanks to the combined efforts of our Audubon chapter and other organizations, the proposed Mounds Reservoir was voted down by local governing bodies.

We're now focusing our energies on supporting the proposed Mounds Greenway, which would be not only a recreational trail but also a White River corridor conservation project.

The extensive riverside trail will take visitors through riverside forests and wildlife habitats, connecting Anderson, Chesterfield, Daleville, Yorktown, and Muncie, using existing trails where possible and creating new trails where needed. Organizers’ current efforts are focused on creation of the Chesterfield town trail, which will link Mounds State Park to Walbridge Acres Park, in Chesterfield.

When completed, the Mounds Greenway will:

  • Conserve the free-flowing White River and its floodplain forests, wetlands and other natural communities by creating a high-quality linear park following the river.
  • Conserve and enhance the historic and cultural resources in the river valley.
  • Connect trails in Muncie and Anderson and build a regional recreational network that eventually will stretch throughout east central Indiana, and to central Indiana via a greenway extension along the White River to Indianapolis.
  • Create economic opportunity by enhancing the region’s quality of place and stimulating entrepreneurial investment.

The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) is leading efforts to promote the proposed Mounds Greenway. Stay up on the latest developments in the proposed project at www.moundsgreenway.org, or contact Kim McKenzie, our Audubon chapter's representative to the project, at kimkenzie34@gmail.com.

Wilderness Park and Prairie

benchesOne of the newest parks in East Central Indiana is Wilderness Park, located at the southwest edge of Hartford City. The 50-acre park offers a variety of nature and fitness trails that connect with the even newer Wilderness Prairie, a rolling, five-acre prairie restoration plot that includes a butterfly area.

Our Audubon chapter has been one of many partners that provided financial support to development of the park and prairie, through an RCAS grant that helped support forest conservation and ecological restoration activities.

The project has been overseen by Colby Gray, formerly of both FlatLand Resources, Inc., and Ball State’s Landscape Architecture Department, who led BSU landscape architecture students in designing and building benches, a bird blind, a bridge culvert, and other features of the site.

Visit the Positively Blackford website to learn more about this hidden gem of ECI.  Better yet, visit Wilderness Park and Prairie in person! The park trailhead is located at 901 S. West St., just south of the intersection of Fulton and West Streets. 


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