Dozens work to restore property in Carroll Co.

Workers with Niches Land Trust and Duke Energy spent the better part of the day cleaning up a property owned by Niches. WLFI/File Photo
Workers with Niches Land Trust and Duke Energy spent the better part of the day cleaning up a property owned by Niches. WLFI/File Photo

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Dozens of people got their hands dirty today, working to restore an old cow pasture in Carroll County.

Located northwest of Delphi, Moyer Gould Woods spans more than 77 acres. Lafayette-based Niches Land Trust acquired the property in 2009.

Workers with Niches and volunteers from Duke Energy spent the better part of the day cleaning up the area. They cut down old honey locust trees and planted more than 150 new oak trees.

Stewardship manager Brad Weigel said the ultimate goal is to restore the property back to an oak woodland.

“We’re slowly working on it and restoring it back to its natural condition,” said Weigel. “A lot of invasive species work has been done so far, and now this is just part of that restoring the property.”

Niches was founded in 1995 and manages more than 3,000 acres of land.