Crow’s Grove is a property to see. The old growth pines represent remnant trees of long ago. The ravine includes stunning rock formations viewed from the trail installed as an Eagle Scout project by Boy Scout John Kelsey and a crew of volunteers.
Crow’s Grove feature 2 fens. One high quality basin fen covers about a third of an acre of rolling slope in the far southeast corner of the property, adjacent to the stream. If you visit the fen in late winter you will find skunk cabbage emerging. Throughout the year you can also find marsh marigold, great Angelica, Iris, Impatiens, Cardamine bulbosa, Corylus americana, Lilium michiganense, Eupatorium maculatum, Lathyrus palustris and many others including lots of tall sedges.
The second wetland is a high quality hanging fen toward the west of the property situated on a high bank along the stream; spots look like they feature calcareous tufa along the rolling streamside.
Crow’s Grove also affords interesting geology of exposed sandstone along the stream. The creek bottom is nearly completely flat and forms a wide shallow flow. The stream flows passed exposed bedrock through most of the property and toward the eastern boundary the flow has carved a canyon with sides up to 25-30ft . Several large rock houses are cut out from the rock wall in the creek bed, which in the canyon is mostly covered in glacial cobble. Lush fern, shrub and moss growth along the rock outcrops creates living walls; while higher up on the bluff woody vegetation dominates: Hydrangea, gooseberry, chokecherry, Lonicera reticulata, partridgeberry, serviceberry, and young American beech. The woody plants on the edge of the bluffs are sometimes joined by Christmas fern or common polypody. Along the middle of the rock walls the fern Dryopteris marginalis and occasionally Adiantum pedatum grow. The mid to lower portions of the rock, if they have not been cut away by the flow, host mosses and most often the bulblet fern, Cystopteris bulbifera.
The slopes, where the sandstone is not exposed, consist of out-wash material and host high quality woodland species including wild blue phlox, firepink, mountain stonecrop, early meadow-rue, Anemone quinquefolia, and various other common woodland species.
Crow’s Grove – This gorgeous property was generously donated to NICHES Land Trust by Ronald and Martha Crow Pugh and Chester and Freda Crow Butler in loving memory of Russell and Ruth Crow, the parents of Martha Crow Pugh and Freda Crow Butler.
Overview of Management plan
Control invasive species infestation.
- Areas of focused discussed in the property inspection report:
“[Crow’s Grove] is heavily invaded with intermediate aged honeysuckle, multiflora rose, and Japanese barberry. Multiflora rose is a problem to varying degrees all over the property with the bottomlands around the creek thick with it in places. Autumn olive is an issue in places particularly the large individuals along the entrance to the property in the NE corner.”
Treatment of said invasive species includes treating with herbicide, cutting and controlled burn application.
Access to natural area for current and future generations
As mentioned above, Eagle Scout project installed a trail for accessing the wonders, beauty, and natural features of Crow’s Grove.
Things to Bring With / Dress Considerations
Dress for walking in the outdoors – comfortable closed-toed shoes are recommended. Layers help prevent being overheated or chilled. Long pants and long sleeves prevent your skin being exposed to insect bites or plants that cause skin reactions.
A water bottle ensures proper hydration.
A camera enables capturing of stunning natural landscape or nature pictures.
No restroom facilities at the property.
Practice ‘leave no trace’ hiking – if you carry an item on the property, carry it off again, including trash, food wrappers, beverage containers, etc.
Address: 3300 N 050 W Williamsport, IN 47993