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ACRES recently welcomed Bridgett Hernandez to our team as communications manager. In this new role, Bridgett will capture and share ACRES stories online and in the Quarterly. By Bridgett Hernandez As someone who grew up in northeast Indiana, I feel incredibly fortunate to join the ACRES team and play a role in protecting land in ...
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2020 was a year like none others. ACRES celebrated a major milestone — our 60th birthday! — and, like the rest of the world, we adapted to pandemic life. This year, we protected more than 7,200 acres of natural and working lands, restoring habitats and removing invasive species. We also welcomed a record number of ...
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ACRES newest trail system opened to the public Nov. 21. Enjoy a virtual tour of our first Michigan property. ACRES Land Trust acquired Kauffman Nature Sanctuary for permanent protection in 2019. Located in rolling Hillsdale County, the 78-acre preserve features approximately 1.15 miles of trails that wind through meadow, restored wetlands and forest. Sedges, willows ...
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HUNTERTOWN – A 160-year-old barn in northwest Allen County is finding a new home in DeKalb County, where it will stand as a tribute to the area’s agricultural heritage. ACRES Land Trust acquired the barn as part of a bequest from the late Dr. Frederick Mackel. The land is part of the 34-acre Mackel Nature ...
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Membership has been a cornerstone of ACRES since we organized as an official nonprofit in 1960. It took five years to top 200 members; we hit 1,000 in 2004, and today, our membership has grown to nearly 1,800 individuals, families and businesses. We remain grateful to each and every one. Our 12 founders kicked things ...
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For staff development, relationship building … and fun! …  the ACRES staff enjoys seasonal outings for each equinox or solstice. We aim to stay close to the land and the communities we serve, so we take these days out, closing the office and hitting the road. We meet regional partners, businesses, educators, farmers, or other ...
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ACRES was founded in 1960 and since then has been producing the Quarterly, a much-loved seasonal publication. This article by William R. Eberly was printed in ACRES 1962 Spring Quarterly. Enjoy this archived article as we reflect back on 60 years of protecting local land. “The lakes of northern Indiana are the brightest gems in ...
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Spring has arrived, bringing beautiful woodland wildflowers with it. To celebrate the season, ACRES invites you to take a virtual hike with us! Retired professor and botanist Dr. Dave Hicks is joined by Jason Kissel on the trails of Kokiwanee. Hike along with them to learn more about the many species of spring flowers thriving ...
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2018-2019 Strategic Evaluation Findings & Updates Following a period of unprecedented growth, the ACRES Board of Directors chose to focus the 2018 – 2019 Strategic Plan on evaluation. This time of reflecting together allowed us to prepare for continued growth. Here’s what we found, and how we’ve responded. Read the full 2018-2019 Strategic Evaluation Land Management: Committing ...
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To expand our ability to protect and care for land, ACRES aims to grow our most transformative asset: membership Membership goals: By 2024, grow from 1,700 members to 2,400 members supporting ACRES through membership. To do this, ACRES will attract new members while keeping the vast majority of today’s supporters. Membership levels are now simplified: ...
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Happy 60th Anniversary ACRES Land Trust! ACRES was incorporated on March 2, 1960, becoming Indiana’s oldest and largest local land trust. ACRES’ 12 founders became our first members, with goal of preserving land – forever. Read more on ACRES history Today, thanks to member support, ACRES and the places we protect together continue to thrive How ...
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ACRES founders spelled out, in a detailed half-page statement, how our mission would be achieved. Today, with 60 years of history, the ACRES mission statement has been refreshed to clarify the essentials of our original mission. ACRES Land Trust owns and protects natural and working lands, inspiring people to value, appreciate, and support these places, ...
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