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Nature preserve set to open near Trafalgar

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A new nature preserve and trail, where residents can come to birdwatch and hike, will open Monday.

At the Laura Hare Blossom Hollow Nature Preserve, a 109-acre forest south of Trafalgar, walkers and joggers can use a two-mile loop trail that passes a waterfall and ravine. Volunteers cleared the trail last month.

The land is designated as a nature preserve with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which means that it can never be destroyed or developed.

The Central Indiana Land Trust, a nonprofit environmental group, purchased the land in 2012 with the help of donations from the Laura Hare Charitable Trust and the Indiana Heritage Trust.

The organization made the land one of its top priorities to preserve. Rare species, including the worm-eating warbler, hooded warbler and Eastern box turtle, live in the forest, according to a news release.

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