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With support from a $500,000 bequest, ACRES recently expanded its land management efforts, adding a second full-time specialist to the team that cares for the nonprofit’s seven thousand-and-growing acres. The bequest, from the estate of Patricia Barrett, adds to ACRES’ land management endowment, a fund established by Patricia’s husband, the late James W. Barrett, III, …

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Fund Development Director Heather Barth cuts the silvery branches of Autumn Olive on a staff workday. Don’t let her fool you, this is tough work.  Are you looking for a rewarding service project on the land? ACRES is putting out a new call for help. Last year, volunteers started the process of completely removing Autumn …

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“In the last three years, ACRES has planted 65,000 native hardwood trees, reforesting 100 acres, while battling non-native invasive plants on over 700 acres. In the next three years, while managing this ongoing restoration, I’ll begin the work on an additional 300 acres.” – Casey Jones, Director of Land Management Four years after planting, the …

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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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“Biodiversity that should be there, and has potential to be there, is lost when a non-native species takes a foothold.” Casey Jones, director of land management, now in his fourth year with ACRES, has made managing non-native invasive plants a priority. While some people can walk through the woods, take in the lush, green views, …

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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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“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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ACRES Land Trust is hiring three summer land management interns, matching the college students with expert mentors in protecting, acquiring, researching and managing working land and natural areas.  The program, in its seventh year, is supported by the Olive B. Cole Foundation to help northeast Indiana retain workforce talent by offering area secondary education students …

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As caretaker of our Wildwood nature preserve, Director of Land Management, Casey Jones, almost always starts his days on the road for ACRES. Protecting land and serving 32 counties requires a lot of travel. His direction changed this morning and he shares this snapshot: “For as long as I can remember, it seems that I’ve always traveled east …

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In my recent Letter from the Executive Director, I write about how land can produce a wide variety of products. I make the claim that when compared to nature; we are unimaginative when it comes to deciding what land should produce. To illustrate this point, let’s explore the recent history of Kokiwanee – a 140-acre nature …

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