16 of Amish Acres 80 acres have
been set aside for a Federal Wetlands Reserve and Indiana Classified Forest.
The reserve, half woods and half low land featuring two ponds, is available for
trail hiking and bird watching. A nature trail through the woods is surrounded
by hard and soft maple, sycamore, second-growth poplar, oak and native
shrubbery. Wild turkeys have already taken up residence in the newly formed
conservation area and migratory birds will soon find the specially designed
ponds in the area.
The area became available for restoration as eighty year old aerial
photographs proved the land had been tilled at one time. “The Wetland Reserve
is central to Amish Acres mission of preservation and education. We can learn
much from the conservation and reverence for the land that is central to Amish
society,” said Richard Pletcher, CEO and founder of the historic farm and
heritage resort. “Putting this land into a
conservation easement in perpetuity, further underscores Amish Acres commitment
of its mission to many future generations,” added Pletcher.
More than 11,000 of America’s private
landowners have voluntarily enrolled over 2.6 million acres into the federal Wetlands
Reserve Program. Amish Acres reserve also qualifies it as an Indiana nature
preserve. Over 60,000 acres on more than 650 easements are presently being protected
by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Access and guide maps will be
available to all visitors to Amish Acres historic area.
The area becomes complementary to Amish
Acres preserved features that include the restored root cellar, lye kiln, rain barrels,
food drying house, blacksmith scrap pile, kitchen garden, ice house, mint still
and maple sugar camp that all harbor stories of being in harmony with nature.
The area is open during Amish Acres regular
hours and accessible through the guided tour of the historic farm. Visit
AmishAcres.com for more information.