Saving county acreage is goal




As developers build new homes and businesses in Johnson County, an organization has identified thousands of acres that should be conserved and protected.

The Central Indiana Land Trust, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit environmental group, hopes to help conserve more than 30,000 acres in Johnson County in an effort to prevent developers from building in areas where certain species live, conservation director Cliff Chapman said.

About 7,000 of the 31,263 acres identified in Johnson County already are protected by the land trust in nature preserves, conservation easements and organizations, such as Camp Atterbury. But he said the group would like to work with more landowners and organizations to conserve more land.

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