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[DNR] Guided hike at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville
Start Date: 4/12/2014Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 4/12/2014End Time: 12:00 PM
Entry Description
Location: Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, 551 N Boeke Rd, Evansville, IN 47711
Directions:From State Highway 62 (Morgan Ave.) in Evansville, turn south onto Boeke Rd. and proceed 0.5 mile to the Wesselman Park entrance. Park in the nature center parking lot. Several trails lead from the nature center through the preserve.
Cost: Free
Time: 10 a.m. CDT

The Division of Nature Preserves is teaming up with partners to hold a series of hikes on partner owned and managed nature preserves. The partner for this hike is the Wesselman Nature Society. Register for the hike using the registration icon at the top right.

Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is an Indiana State Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark. This old-growth lowland forest is a crucial habitat for a wide variety of animal species, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. A Nature Center on the western edge of the property offers hands on educational exhibits and a wildlife observation area. On-site programs are offered to school, civic and scout groups throughout the year. No other city in the United States with a population exceeding 100,000 has within its corporate limits, a timber stand of such acreage and sylvan qualities.

This old-growth lowland forest is of exceptionally high quality. The basal area of 187 square feet per acres is the highest know for any woods in Indiana. The density of trees is also high and the canopy starts far above the forest floor. Despite the moderate variation in elevation within the woods (only 20 feet) there is a wide diversity of tree, shrub, and wildflower species. The degree to which sweetgum and tulip trees dominate the canopy, the large number of other trees in the canopy, and the southern influences set Wesselman Woods apart from most of the woods in Indiana. The presences of sugarberry, southern red oak, and cherry bark oak are examples of southern influences on the woods. The Wabash-Erie Canal and 2 railroads passed along the periphery of the preserve, but all three are now abandoned and grown up in forest. The interior of the woods has been protected for many years. More info.

Hike leaders include Mike Homoya, Indiana State Botanist; Brian Abrell, DNR Southwest Regional Ecologist; Susan Haislip, Wesselman Nature Society.

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Name: Mike Homoya
Phone: (317) 232-0208
Wesselman Woods
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