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Photo by Jarrid Spicer Ecological oases are isolated postage stamps of biological richness surviving in a vast landscape of monocultures controlled by blade or plow. As we locate and preserve these remaining oases—these hidden gems, we realize they have progressed for years through a dynamic ecosystem striving to protect itself from periodically emerging environmental impacts. …

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ACRES Land Trust’s newest board members will govern the organization as it enters a new strategic plan: Janel Rogers of Columbia City, Bob Hake of Fort Wayne and Marc Levy, also of Fort Wayne. Not Pictured: Stan Moore of North Manchester. Non-profit organizations cannot function without dedicated, engaged board members. Giving back through board service is …

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2018 – 2019 Strategic Plan – ACRES Land Trust ACRES has remained relevant and strong for the past 57 years, but its leadership does not take it for granted that doing what we did in the past will necessarily be the best approach for success in the future. This strategic plan challenges the organization to …

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When David and Tracy Fox, the first members of the Acorn Society, talk about being forward-thinking people, they really mean forward. They’re thinking a good century out. So it’s no surprise they became life members of ACRES in 2014, and no surprise they decided they wanted to do more. “We have seen so much growth …

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For immediate release (Huntertown, Indiana—February 1, 2018) ACRES Land Trust has reached a significant community milestone in its preservation efforts in our region. The nonprofit organization’s members and donors have helped protect 7,000 acres, for good. The acquisition pace is increasing—in the last 14 years, ACRES acquired the same amount of land as it did …

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Recently, I have been telling everybody I know about the Maumee River. Among the first things I usually mention are that it sits at the center of the largest watershed in the Great Lakes region, that it drains more than 6,600 square miles of land in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, and that it has a …

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The heart of winter: She is listening… The frozen air is transparent, smooth and brittle; it rings like a knifeblade against bone. The sound of her breath, as it freezes, is a soft murmuring, like cloth on cloth. The muffled wingbeats of a snowy owl rise and fall, reverberating down long corridors of dream, deep …

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Winter Fun

Others may think of cold, biting wind and want to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. No matter what winter brings this year, think about going outside and visiting an ACRES’ preserve. You can visit any of the open preserves, but parking areas at the following will be maintained …

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When Elizabeth and Mark Leppek sat down to make a list of their priorities for philanthropic giving, ACRES Land Trust immediately came to mind. The Leppeks, of Fort Wayne, say that while they appreciate the benefit of manicured parks, they find something special about wild, natural places. They consider ACRES the “hometown hero” regional equivalent …

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A land donor recently handed me a box of documents related to their family’s land now owned by ACRES: photos, handwritten deed records from the 1800s, crop history, and other treasures. With box in hand, I was humbled, aware that ACRES is responsible for safeguarding not only the family’s land, but also their memories of …

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When you serve ACRES donors and members in protecting land, you’d better spend some time walking it, wondering over it – and working it. You also need to appreciate natural cycles. In 2016, ACRES Land Trust launched quarterly staff development days in honor of seasonal changes. The ACRES Office is closed for the spring and …

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By the Numbers

27
counties served by ACRES in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio