Wesselman temporarily closing section of Park loop from dawn-dusk to protect salamanders


(FILE Photo) LeeAnne Bruner closes the road at Wesselman Nature Center on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. The road is closed every spring from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. to allow salamanders to cross the road. (Photo: JAKE CRANDALL / COURIER & PRESS)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — From February 27 until the end of March, Wesselman Park will have a section of the Park loop closed off to vehicles from dusk until dawn each day.

The reason for the closure?

The Park is protecting its salamanders.

During the first few warm rains of the year, salamanders travel to the vernal pool in the middle of the park for breeding.

In order for them to get to the pool, they have to cross at least one road.

During the evenings, all roads that are open will be temporary two-way roads.

Because the closure is happening during evening hours, Wesselman officials say it won’t substantially affect Park usage.

Roads will be blocked off with a reflective chain from approximately 5 p.m. until 7 a.m.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 28, 2020)

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