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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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“It’s hard for most of us to visualize what forever means. This ‘short-term’ project of 200 years reinforces ACRES commitment to forever, gets people thinking about time differently, and demonstrates how ACRES views land-changes over two centuries.” – Jason Kissel   This slideshow requires JavaScript.   ACRES Land Trust’s Ecological Reflections   WHAT: A 200-year project …

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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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  Federal Judge William Lee protected his land with ACRES. Photo provided by Judge Lee. Preserving his conservation legacy, ACRES member and local civic leader U.S. Federal Judge William Lee has permanently protected 84 acres of breathtaking Steuben County landscape with ACRES. The Lee Family Perfect Lake Nature Preserve forever extends Judge Lee’s 50-year history …

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“When you love a place, you take care of it.” My name is Heather DeLorenzo and my story with ACRES Land Trust began about three years ago in 2014 when I first discovered the organization and became interested in supporting their mission. Since then, a few ACRES properties in Wabash County have become near-and-dear to …

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What wildlife returns to spring woodlands and wetlands? by Fred Wooley As days lengthen and air warms, wildlife react to internal clocks triggering seasonal changes in their behavior. Most animals not migrating to warmer climates stay active in our ACRES preserves. Raccoons, squirrels, skunks, deer, fox, rabbits, weasels (the list is long!) hole up or hunker down on only brutal …

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You’re invited: Gather friends and family: We’re playing in the woods! All Ages Preserve Play Day Sunday, May 7, 1 – 4 pm ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve 1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748 You’re welcome to drop in at anytime. The Play Day is an open house. Play on preserve trails on your own or join some activities: …

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2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Indiana’s Nature Preserves Act that protects more than 50,000 acres of Hoosier natural heritage in 70 of the state’s 92 counties.  The legislation created the Division of Nature Preserves of the Department of Natural Resources which partners with nonprofits and other agencies. ACRES Land Trust’s founders wrote and helped …

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While spring has not yet officially sprung, the preserves are already increasingly active. Spring wildflowers are beginning to bloom and wildlife is returning. As hikers do the same, they’re capturing images and video of the hullabaloo. Enjoy these sights and sounds of early March from ACRES preserves across our region. This slideshow requires JavaScript.   …

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Joan Garman honors husband, donates 84 acres of forest, wetlands and farm ground Terry Garman always knew the 84 acres of vibrant woods, wetland and farmland his parents, Ray and Dorothy Garman, purchased in the Cedar Creek Corridor in the ’40s and ’50s was special and worth preserving. Through the years, he made careful farming …

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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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By Kim Bowers I’m often reminded of poetry when I’m in the preserves. I’ll just be walking along, and a line of poetry will come to mind. Sometimes from a poem, sometimes from a piece of prose. Whatever the source, the words enhance my experience. They inspire me and help me enjoy the preserves even more. To my delight, ACRES …

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By the Numbers

1,500
acres of Cedar Creek corridor preserved with partners