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Our executive director Jason Kissel has been in awe of land for several decades. He traces his love of natural areas back to when he was just a kid, watching his dad work with the U.S. Forest Service. Below, Jason shares his experiences with ACRES and the main threads in the stories of several of …

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Why protect land forever? Culture. History. Spirituality. Health. Conservation. Adventure. Heritage. The motivations behind why folks choose to help ACRES Land Trust protect land are as numerous and varied as the species of flora and fauna on our preserves. Often, there is no singular reason why people visit our properties or become members. Our relationships …

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Ahoy, bird-lovers! Did ya bird blitz with ACRES last week? If you were perched in a preserve, binoculars fervently scanning the canopy, the brush, or waterside for a tail, a flutter, even a hint of feathered frenzy, you were not alone. Logo by Yonder Clothing Co. 76 volunteer backyard birders and life-long bird watchers pitched …

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Inspired by generations of family history, two families recently donated their adjacent land and lake to ACRES Land Trust for permanent protection. Little Lake, just west of Albion, served as outdoor haven to two generations of the Richman family who owned the north portion and to three generations of Tiptons who owned the south portion. …

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A stunningly unique habitat of native, endangered species flourishes on ACRES Land Trust’s recent acquisition eight miles southeast of LaGrange. The 102-acre Grass Lake property contains a marl prairie – an unusual mix of acid-hungry plants and basic soil-loving plants growing heartily atop the limestone-rich sand and gravel. Some say the marl is almost 30 …

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  ACRES Land Trust recently completely acquisition of 193 acres of Cedar Creek land appraised at $3 million, leveraging a matching award from Indiana’s Bicentennial Nature Trust. With the latest acquisitions, ACRES now permanently protects over 1,000 acres of the  largest natural feature extending through Allen and DeKalb Counties. In total, the local nonprofit recently …

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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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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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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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Fast-growing parts of Fort Wayne have special natural places, too, and ACRES Land Trust celebrates an addition to its Emanuel M. Popp Nature Preserve that adds a fifth chapter to a story being built by families who care for land and are working with ACRES to protect it forever. Preserving this cluster of properties provides …

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  Want to help turn your $40 into $4 million in ACRES’ protected land? 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, the Indiana Heritage Trust has awarded ACRES Land Trust $3,859,650 to …

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