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Photo by Cathie Rowand “What did the fish say when he was swimming upstream and hit concrete?” “Dam!” ACRES Land Trust intern Carman Draves. left, helped Jerry Sweeten, right sample aquatic life in Cedar Creek as part of the land trust’s low-head removal process. Dr. Jerry Sweeten, ACRES board member, retired Manchester University biology professor …

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To keep pace with our growing acreage, ACRES has invested more time and resources in managing, restoring and enhancing land. In late winter and early spring, we put our new forestry mulcher to work shredding acres of non-native invasive autumn olive. The forestry mulcher, a barrel-like roller attachment for a skid steer, crunches up the …

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Photos of James M. & Patricia D. Barrett Nature Preserve in the Cedar Creek Corridor by Jarrid Spicer Dear Friends, We Midwesterners have a reputation of being hard workers. I think this is partly because we mimic the land we live on. We follow the lead of the plants and animals around us. Your preserve …

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ACRES completes 500-acre acquisition phase on Cedar Creek, launches storytelling project HUNTERTOWN, Ind., August 5, 2019 – On completion of a 500-acre acquisition phase on Cedar Creek, ACRES Land Trust is launching a website, booklet and video on its decades-long work protecting the Corridor. To date, the nonprofit permanently protects one thousand acres in the …

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“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau, a journal entry dated Aug. 5, 1851 ACRES invites you to welcome Reena Ramos to our team as advancement coordinator. Reena Ramos, of Auburn, returns to ACRES Land Trust as Advancement Coordinator to serve ACRES supporters. She previously worked …

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ACRES sends “preserve postcard” announcements to members to thank them for support in acquiring new land for permanent protection. Each time ACRES acquires a new property, we send “preserve postcards” to our members. Like birth announcements, the postcards welcome new land to our trust and thank our members for making this work possible. It’s a …

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Dear friends, Each day is a victory for ACRES. Life thrives on 7,000+ acres of land because our members, and members before them, chose to acquire each of these acres. And it is a choice. People choose whether or not to support ACRES, ACRES staff and board choose whether or not to acquire each acre, …

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Many thanks to the Olive B. Cole Foundation and the Lilly Endowment internship support through Manchester University for supporting the ACRES summer land management program. ACRES staff look forward to this annual influx of energy and support. We get much more accomplished with the boost to the workforce and we gain the satisfaction of supporting …

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HUNTERTOWN, Ind., May 15, 2019 – This spring, ACRES Land Trust reforested 106 acres of marginal farmland, planting 55,000 native hardwood saplings on three of its regional nature preserves, setting a new pace in the nonprofit’s land management. Since 2016, the nonprofit has reforested 165 acres, planting nearly 100,000 trees on six preserves during a …

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ACRES Land Trust recently acquired the Philip and Jean Ross Preserve, the sixth property permanently protected by the local land trust in Huntington. To date, ACRES protects 7,094 acres in the tristate area with member and donor support, including 372 acres in Huntington, primarily along the Wabash River. ACRES Land Trust’s Philip and Jean Ross …

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“I feel like I’ve made a difference, and it’s been fun,” said Sue Diefenbach, reflecting on serving as ACRES’ recording secretary for the past 12 years. Prior to retiring from her volunteer position at the end of 2018, Sue attended 71 board meetings, taking minutes and producing a near transcript of all conversations. New board …

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Purchasing a license plate for your new vehicle? Or renewing your plates? How can your $40 Environmental License Plate help ACRES? You may be surprised to learn that since 1992, sales of these plates have provided $4 million to ACRES Land Trust to protect land through the President Benjamin Harrison Conservation Trust, formerly the Indiana …

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