The banks of the Whitewater River in Wayne County, Indiana will receive shade and protection as the result of a reforestation project undertaken by Wildlife Forever and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More than 15,000 tree seedlings were planted on more than 50 acres, improving habitat for numerous wildlife species. The soil protection provided by the additional trees and their root systems will also improve water quality and reduce floodwater damage in the region. Among the benefactors of this project are migratory songbirds and the Indiana bat, which is currently listed as “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The project area is under a permanent conservation easement held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.