New sign at Johnson Co. nature preserve vandalized

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JOHNSON CO, Ind. –  Just days after a sign was installed at a Johnson County nature preserve scheduled to open in November, vandals sprayed paint on it.

It’s unclear exactly when the vandalism occurred, but the sign was installed last Thursday. Neighbors noticed the paint and reported it on Sunday to the Central Indiana Land Trust, which filed a report with the Johnson County Sheriff’s department today.

The Blossom Hollow Preserve will open to the public in mid-November and feature a trail and small gravel parking lot. The property is particularly important as a conservation site because it is part of a large unbroken hardwood forest block, which is key for migratory birds and forest interior nesting birds. Few such areas remain in central Indiana.

“We’re saddened that someone would do this, but thankful for the site stewards who reported it, and the many volunteers who have helped build the trail and get the site ready for the public,” said Rachel Eble, development director of the Central Indiana Land Trust. “We look forward to opening the preserve so everyone can share the beauty of this special place.”

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