- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana’s Natural Resources Commission has approved three new state nature preserves that are home to rare plants and animals.

This week’s approvals boost Indiana’s state-designated protected sites to 277 statewide.

The new preserves include the Pisgah Marsh Nature Preserve, a 118-acre property in northern Indiana’s Kosciusko and Whitley counties that’s home to the state-endangered Blanding’s turtle, the sedge wren and other animals.

Indiana’s two other new nature preserves are located in southern Indiana’s Harrison-Crawford State Forest.

The new Greenbrier Knob Nature Preserve in Harrison County harbors federally endangered plants, including the prairie redroot and several state-endangered animals such as the clubshell and snuffbox mussels.

The new County Line Glades Nature Preserve in Harrison and Crawford counties is home to various endangered plants and the endangered Indiana bat.

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