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“Biodiversity that should be there, and has potential to be there, is lost when a non-native species takes a foothold.” Casey Jones, director of land management, now in his fourth year with ACRES, has made managing non-native invasive plants a priority. While some people can walk through the woods, take in the lush, green views, …

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Are you looking for a rewarding service project on the land? Want to play your part in a long-term effort with visible, sustained results for future generations? Want to invest some sweat equity in the land you love? on your own time? with friends?   How do you feel about the hot sun, poison ivy, …

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When you help ACRES donors and members protect land, you’d better spend some time walking it, wondering over it – and working it. You also need to appreciate natural cycles. Last year, ACRES Land Trust staff launched quarterly staff development days in honor of seasonal changes. The ACRES Office is closed for the spring and …

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“We felt like explorers in a tropical, other world,” says Reena Ramos, former land management intern and Goshen College student (right) of her experience in Spring Lake Woods and Bog with fellow intern Dustin Chafin, a Manchester University student (center). Thanks to internship support from the Olive B. Cole Foundation, Reena and Dustin shadowed botanist Scott Namestnik …

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ACRES Land Trust is hiring three summer land management interns, matching the college students with expert mentors in protecting, acquiring, researching and managing working land and natural areas.  The program, in its seventh year, is supported by the Olive B. Cole Foundation to help northeast Indiana retain workforce talent by offering area secondary education students …

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As caretaker of our Wildwood nature preserve, Director of Land Management, Casey Jones, almost always starts his days on the road for ACRES. Protecting land and serving 32 counties requires a lot of travel. His direction changed this morning and he shares this snapshot: “For as long as I can remember, it seems that I’ve always traveled east …

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In my recent Letter from the Executive Director, I write about how land can produce a wide variety of products. I make the claim that when compared to nature; we are unimaginative when it comes to deciding what land should produce. To illustrate this point, let’s explore the recent history of Kokiwanee – a 140-acre nature …

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In below-freezing temperatures, this past Saturday, January 28, ACRES volunteers showed up and dug in for our Preserve Workday. Eight volunteers gathered with staff members on the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve near Huntertown to fight the non-native invasive Vinca plant, commonly known as Periwinkle. The vine-like plant is a tenacious ground-cover, hence its …

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An extremely rare and ecologically significant remnant of native prairie struggling to survive amid Warsaw’s commercial and residential areas is part of ACRES Land Trust’s latest acquisition. The 7-acre prairie found in the newly-acquired Wayne Township Property along U.S. 30 may be the easternmost example of original Midwest prairie grassland, reports ACRES Land Trust. The …

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ACRES Land Trust will host a Preserve Workday at the 96-acre James P. Covell Nature Preserve, the local nonprofit’s newly-opened preserve in DeKalb County, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, November 11. Workday participants will help fight non-native invasive brush. The preserve is located at approximately 2727 County Road 52, just south of Auburn and …

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