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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 John J. Smith Skunk cabbage (1 below) is the first native plant to flower, most years in March. Then come harbinger-of-spring, hepatica, false rue anemone and many more. But 2016 may have surprises. Already on Christmas day 2015 I found skunk cabbage spathes starting to emerge a few inches, and one hepatica flower and one false …

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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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  September 29, 1914 – Journal Gazette

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By Tom Castaldi Travel east nineteen miles from Fort Wayne into Maumee Township on U.S. 24 heading for the Indiana-Ohio state line, and you’ll pass near Blue Cast Springs. Back in 1901, New Haven resident Henry Schnelker was attracted to an 87-acre plot with a flowing mineral spring, and he decided to purchase the land. …

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Frozen waterfalls, more than 60 Bald Eagles and a short “sugar bush” season make ACRES Land Trust’s Wabash County nature preserves a northeast Indiana outdoor destination right now. “Believe it or not, it’s a great time to visit a nearby preserve or venture into a new one,” said Jason Kissel, executive director and caretaker of …

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