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Last January I walked alone in a preserve, enjoying the brittle cold, the silence of fresh snow. Cedar Creek flowed beside me, black, swift and clear beneath a fragile film of ice shelves. And then—fur and bright eyes. Two river otters poked their heads over ice on the creek’s far bank. We three held still, …

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Year in Review

Thanks to our members, 2017 has been a fantastic year. From new acquisitions and the launch of the 200 year ecological reflections to the dozens of events ACRES hosted, this year was full of celebration, fellowship, and most importantly, preservation. Thank you for the part you played this year. Here are some highlights: Marion’s Woods …

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I gave a gift

For a recent Christmas, I gave gifts to family and friends, as many folks do. I gave things I know they like — books, DVDs, candles, gift cards … One person on my list was my sister-in-law’s boyfriend. Having spent only a little time with him, I didn’t know too much about him except he …

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If you’ve been a member over the past year or so, you’ve seen amateur nature photographer Thomas Sprunger’s preserve photos on your new preserve announcement postcards and in your Quarterly. You see his work on ACRES’ website, and in our media releases. Thomas visits the preserves often, on his own; he also volunteers “on call” …

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Lauren Farrell, an intern from Huntington North High School, shares her experiences and her view on preserving natural places – for good. Lauren Farrell, an intern from Huntington North High School, shares her passion for the outdoors and her work with ACRES over the past 4 months: Because of my interest in nature and the …

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Nancy: My first glimpse of the world came during an Indiana blizzard blowing a foot of fresh snow over the ground. I have felt at home in the winter landscape ever since. Although Mother Nature feigns sleep at this time of year, undercover she is alive with activity. She beckons into her wondrous, quiet world …

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Dear Friends, ACRES is fortunate to receive major monetary gifts from individuals and foundations. We often highlight these gifts through press releases and within the pages of the Quarterly. Although smaller donations don’t result in newspaper headlines, they are of immense value to ACRES. I want to share two recent examples of donations that had …

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ACRES’ mission is to preserve natural areas. By doing so, we often fulfill the goals of other organizations and people as well. ACRES’ 2012 acquisition of Marion’s Woods in Steuben County is a good example. Marion Eberhardt Art Eberhardt has been an ACRES’ member since April 14, 1962. His late wife, Marion, was also active …

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Velma Caprarotta has a long history with and a deep-seated love of the Elkhart County land she recently donated to ACRES Land Trust. Born in 1924, she grew up in the farmhouse just across the road from her recently protected property. Her late husband, Francis, and his family emigrated from Italy to Chicago in 1925 …

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[Editor’s note | This article was originally published in the Fall 2016 ACRES Quarterly. Updates are published below.] Although Josie has lived on the west coast for more than 40 years, her roots in east-central Indiana run deep. She grew up as an only child in Muncie, and her father died when she was 7. …

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  Now through December 31, all $25 gift membership recipients will also receive an ACRES Preserve Guide. Looking for a unique, local, lasting gift to give? Through December 31, for $25, you can give the gift of membership and ACRES will send your gift recipient a free Preserve Guide as a special welcome. $10 ACRES …

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While the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is now closed for the season, visitors this summer cast votes at the Kids4Nature Kiosk or rounded up their total at the Wild Things Gift Shop, to help protect local habitat with ACRES Land Trust. Recently, their support helped conserve and study Quog Lake, a local, wild and rare …

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