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Duke Energy Foundation grant to upgrade state forest

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Natural Resources Foundation has received a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for work at the Ravinia State Forest in Morgan County. The $150,000 grant will allow for upgrades at the 1,500 acre forest near Paragon.

The foundation says improvements will include parking lot upgrades, two new shelter houses with electricity and running water, signage and drainage improvements along the trail system, and new picnic tables and grills.

“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 foundation says the Ravinia projects are slated to begin next spring with completion set for Summer 2022.