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Management

The woods is the most nearly natural area in east central Indiana, and as such, it is especially important for teaching and research in ecology and conservation-oriented classes. It is the only accessible area in Delaware County, where certain field procedures can be taught and where certain animals and plants may be found.

The primary management principle for use of Ginn Woods is that no activity shall be allowed that would damage or diminish this last remnant of a natural community that once covered most of this region. Unregulated access to this area by the public is not allowed. Ginn Woods is an area of special concern, and visits to the property should be restricted to specified activities.

According to the Nature Conservancy , invasive exotic species are the second greats threat to global biodiversity after habitat destruction. An 'invasive plant' is a plant which grows quickly and aggressively, displacing other plants as it spreads. An 'invasive exotic plant' is a plant that is not native to North America and because its aggressive nature, quickly displaces native plan species. Invasive exotic species harm wildlife by eliminating the plants our native animals need for food and cover. They also pose a serious threat to native rare wildlife and plants by destroying their habitat. It should be noted that invasive exotic species can include ALL species (birds, mammals, plants insects, etc.), but the Field Station and Environmental Education Center focuses on invasive exotic plants. Such plants are a serious problem for the above mentioned reasons and the FSEEC actively manages such plant species on all FSEEC properties

Depending on the species, time of year, extent of the infestation and other factors, management can include cutting, pulling, burning, herbiciding or a combination of these treatments.

Invasive plants occurring at Ginn Woods
Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard
Eleagnus umbellatus        Autumn Olive
Lonicera maackii Amur Honeysuckle
Rosa multiflora Multiflora Rose
  
 For more information on vegetation management on FSEEC properties, contact John Taylor.
Field Station and Environmental Education Center
Ball State University
Muncie, In 47306

Phone: 765-285-2641