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ACRES Land Trust is coordinating with land management partners to eradicate Japanese stiltgrass, a non-native invasive plant common to southern Indiana and the eastern United States and newly identified in northern Indiana late last fall. In January, the local nonprofit temporarily closed its Little Cedar Creek Wildlife Sanctuary to prevent the spread of the invasion …

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ACRES Land Trust’s newest preserve, the Mills-Black Nature Preserve protects 11 acres and extends an emerging preservation corridor. Four generations of Michael Black’s family worked the land at the corner of Ernst and Aboite roads, five miles east of Roanoke. Michael didn’t want to see more of his family’s land sold off and divided, so …

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On Saturday, April 23, ACRES, with help from friends, families and neighbors, will begin replanting more than 20,000 native trees, reforesting 36 acres of cropland on its Blue Cast Springs nature preserve near Woodburn, Indiana. Using dibble bars, flat shovel-length ergonomic tools provided by the land trust, and expert guidance, volunteers of all ages are invited …

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Community residents will join Manchester University’s Environmental Club in reforesting an acre of Wildwood nature preserve in Kosciusko County on Saturday, April 16.  The planting of 200 trees on the preserve 10 minutes north of campus is part of ACRES Land Trust’s Indiana Bicentennial celebration. Some of the trees in the 235.5-acre Wildwood are nearly …

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You should know ACRES Land Trust is run from a house. Just a residence-designed plot of wooded land. Sure, we call it “office.” What we mean is viewtiful vista in the woods. And to think, it only took a pooling of five bucks from each of the twelve founders in 1960 to get this whole …

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by Megan Cooper Outreach Intern University of Saint Francis In late January amidst the tree-barred woods of Indiana, I hitched my satchel hastily over my shoulder, aware of the presence of greatness I’d forgotten the name of, and held my keys silent out of respect. ACRES Land Trust wasn’t my sanctuary—but immediately I wanted it …

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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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ACRES Land Trust is doing something it has never done in its 55-year history: close a preserve. Effective immediately, the Little Cedar Creek Wildlife Sanctuary nature preserve in Allen County is temporarily closed. The preserve’s closure allows the treatment of an infestation of Japanese stiltgrass, a non-native invasive species newly identified in northern Indiana. “Together …

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ACRES Land Trust has embarked on a promise to protect from development 93 acres of Claxton family legacy timber. In 40 or 50 years, this land a mile north of Spencerville will give ACRES a gift: income from the selective harvest of more than 43,000 carefully nurtured trees. “Trees are a natural resource we can …

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ACRES Land Trust has expanded Tel-Hy nature preserve with a 6.9 acre donation by Phillip Smith, a friend and neighbor of Hy and Lorraine Goldenberg, donors of the existing Huntington County preserve. Smith, a 1968 wildlife management graduate of Purdue University, sees donating his land as a natural extension of his life. “I love this place. …

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The land is protected. Species are inventoried; footbridges installed. Eager explorers are standing by. Spring Lake Woods and Bog, a 107-acre northwest Allen County nature preserve protected by ACRES Land Trust, is about to open – nearly fifty years after being identified as a significant natural area by preservation experts. To celebrate its preservation and the …

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ACRES Land Trust docent volunteers will lead five hikes through two very different Allen County preserves in celebration of the 23rd National Trails Day of the American Hiking Society. Explorers of all ages are invited to embark on the free adventures on Saturday, June 6 in Bicentennial Woods and Blue Cast Springs. “Our ACRES volunteers …

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By the Numbers

1,500
acres of Cedar Creek corridor preserved with partners