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Little River Wetland Project (Great Marsh)

2199 words - 9 pages

An intricate balance has existed between man and the environment since the evolution of the Homo-sapiens’ species. At times throughout history, human ingenuity and will-power seemed to best nature, such as the transportation of water for miles across land in Roman aqueducts, the circumscribing of the globe by Amerigo Vespucci, or the first flight by the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; but although these feats were great, until the last few hundred years, the beast that is nature remained unconquered and undisturbed. With the dawn of the industrial revolution in the 1700’s the scale began to tip in favor of man (Industrial). Mass production and industrialization led to environmental destruction via pollution and urbanization. Luckily, for both the planet and mankind, this destruction was recognized and began to be counteracted. President Theodore Roosevelt was one such individual; he stated that, “there can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country,” and set aside 230 million acres of protected nature in the form of national parks, forests, game preserves and bird reservations (Almanac). Since his pioneering preservation acts, states, counties and even nongovernment-affiliated organizations have set aside and preserved land. One such organization is the Little River Wetlands Project whose mission “is to restore and protect wetlands in the watershed of the Little River, a major tributary of the Wabash River, and to provide educational opportunities that encourage good stewardship of wetlands and other natural ecosystems” (Little).
Founded in 1990, the Little River Wetlands Project is a nonprofit land trust with the goal of restoring and preserving the wetlands in the watershed of the Little River (Little). The Little River is a headwater tributary of the Wabash River that runs through Allen and Huntington counties. The area around the Little River was once known as the Great Marsh, encompassing 25,000 acres of land when settlers first arrived to northeast Indiana. The Little River Wetlands Project currently owns three different wetlands along the Little River valley: Little River Landing, Arrowhead Preserves, and Eagle Marsh; altogether comprising 12,000 acres. Intensive stewardship by the help of Little River Wetlands Project’s members and volunteers helps to keep these wetlands in their natural states.
Little River Landing, located near the confluence of the Little River and the Wabash River in Huntington, Indiana was the Little River Wetlands Project’s first preserve (Little). This 53-acre preserve is owned by both the Little River Wetlands Project and ACRES Land Trust. A majority of the preserve (43 of the 53 acres) lies between the two rivers and contains multiple ecosystems. The northwest end is home to older growth forests that were undisturbed by settlers as well as younger forests that were planted on the farmland acquired in 1990. The northeast area of the preserve between the rivers...

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