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Join us at the State Dedication Ceremony on October 10, 2020 Federal Judge William Lee protected his land with ACRES. Photo provided by Judge Lee. Preserving his conservation legacy, ACRES member and local civic leader U.S. Federal Judge William Lee has permanently protected 84 acres of breathtaking Steuben County landscape with ACRES. The Lee Family ...
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A dedication ceremony at Lee Family Perfect Lake Nature Preserve in Steuben County Oct. 10 celebrated the protected land’s new status as a state dedicated nature preserve. In 2016, land donors Federal Judge William Lee and his late wife, Judy, entrusted ACRES Land Trust with the 84-acre property with a promise to preserve the land ...
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Indiana’s system of dedicated Nature Preserves was created when an ACRES founder, Jim Barrett III, wrote the 1967 Indiana Nature Preserves Act, providing permanent protection for significant natural areas across the state, including ACRES properties. The Act states: As part of the continuing growth of population and the development of the economy of Indiana, it ...
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“Springy places” the early pioneers called them…probably because the pioneers frequently encountered springs of water emanating from these wet landscapes, or maybe because walking on these bouncy wetlands put a spring in their step. These globally rare ecosystems are also known as “fens” or “prairie fens.” Prairie fens are found in the glaciated regions of the upper Midwest: predominantly in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, ...
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Something life-changing happened to Indiana native Kevin McKelvey in 2006 in Costa Rica. After a frustrating search for an elusive bird, he returned to the United States with a new perspective on wildlife, people, and place. Enjoy McKelvey’s fascinating tale as part of the backstory of ACRES’ 200-year Ecological Reflections initiative at Wing Haven Preserve. ...
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ACRES Land Trust is seeking applicants for three summer internships that will match college students with expert mentors in land management, protection, acquisition and research. 2015 marks the fifth year of the paid internships, underwritten by the Olive B. Cole Foundation to help northeast Indiana retain workforce talent by offering area students high-quality experiences in their ...
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