Outdoors

State’s newest forest in Morgan County gets visitor-friendly additions

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $150,000 grant to the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation for new features and upgrades at the Ravinia State Forest in nearby Morgan County near Paragon and Martinsville, Indiana. The state forest encompasses 1,500 acres of rolling hills and valleys.

Projects include improvements to three parking lots, two new shelter houses featuring electric service and running water, signage and drainage improvements to the trail system and the addition of picnic tables and grills, among other features.

“Duke Energy has a long, proud history of partnering with the DNR and we are pleased to be an early supporter of Indiana’s newest recreational site,” said Stan Pinegar, Duke Energy state president for Indiana.

“Duke Energy is a wonderful partner to the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation,” said Jody Kress, INRF executive director. “Their support is helping create better public access during a time of increased need for safe outdoor recreation opportunities.”

“Ravinia has been an important part of our Hoosier heritage and history for the last 120 years,” said Dan Bortner, director at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. “This incredibly generous gift by the Duke Energy Foundation will greatly assist the INRF in their work to preserve our natural legacy and create new opportunities for future generations to make memories and find inspiration.”

The new projects at the state forest are scheduled to begin in spring 2021 with completion scheduled for summer 2022.

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