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Beanblossom Bottoms to close July 9 for trail work

Photo by Hugh Hazelrigg.

July 2, 2018

Sycamore Land Trust is excited to announce that the popular boardwalk trail at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve will be undergoing a renovation soon, after a weather delay earlier this year. The front portion of the wooden boardwalk trail — the longest of its kind in Indiana — will be replaced with a new design featuring durable, plastic decking material that will last significantly longer than the current wood decking and will be more non-slip even in the wet seasons. The back portion will be left intact to reduce costs and impacts to the nature preserve, while still maintaining the entire loop.

Beanblossom Bottoms will be closing on Monday, July 9, and will remain closed for several months (until the project is complete). To ensure safety, the preserve will be completely closed for the duration of the project. Timing is heavily dependent on weather, as the ground must be dry enough to build the trail. Because we don’t know how long each process (tearing out and new construction) will take, we can’t provide an end date at this time. But we know how beloved this nature preserve is to so many people, so fear not! Sycamore will keep the public aware of the timeline as it develops.

While the preserve is closed, we encourage hikers to visit one of our other nature preserves! Details can be found at sycamorelandtrust.org/visit-a-preserve.

Sycamore is partnering with several local groups on this project. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has provided a grant of $250,000 toward the project, and Eco Logic will be hired to provide specialized equipment.

“When you improve a trail system, you make it easier for more people to connect with nature,” said Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust President and CEO Gene D’Adamo. “We are pleased to help Hoosiers better experience Beanblossom Bottoms, and hope such explorations will inspire a greater appreciation and sense of stewardship for our natural places.”

Anyone interested in helping Sycamore fund this project is encouraged to donate online at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate. Your support will allow us to continue to maintain the trail and keep it open to the public for many more years to come. Thank you!

Contact

For questions from members of the press, contact Abby Henkel, Communications Director: abby@sycamorelandtrust.org or 812-336-5382 ext. 101.

About Sycamore Land Trust

Founded in 1990, Sycamore Land Trust protects land and connects people to nature in 26 counties in southern Indiana. The organization protects and actively stewards 9,320 acres (and growing) of forests, wetlands, native prairies, and critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. Sycamore maintains 16 public nature preserves with hiking trails, and provides an environmental education program that connects more than 5,000 people of all ages each year to southern Indiana’s natural world through guided hikes, field trips, and other hands-on activities. As a membership-based nonprofit, Sycamore depends on donations from individuals, families, companies, and foundations to continue this work. www.sycamorelandtrust.org

About Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life primarily in metropolitan Phoenix and Indianapolis. The Trust has awarded more than $292 million in grants and student scholarships since its inception in 1997. For more information, visit ninapulliamtrust.org.