Posted by: Reena Ramos

  • 01/10/2018

Letter from the Executive Director: Perishables

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 this place.

While this sense of responsibility is not new, the box’s label, “PERISHABLE,” provided a new perspective. ACRES preserves land forever. And ACRES also preserves, for as long as possible, things related to the land, such as this box of memorabilia. But perishable items eventually perish, which led me to realize that ACRES protects much more that is perishable than is permanent.

For example, a forest. While the land itself may not change too much for tens of thousands of years, and a forest system may remain intact for thousands of years, individual trees will live only a few hundred years, perennials a few decades, and annuals (as their name indicates), one year. Forest animals live from over 100 years to just a few days.

During the course of “forever,” the lands ACRES protects and preserves will sustain countless generations of perishable plant and animal lives. Millions of human memories will be made, some captured, but most perishing with their originator. The fragile, fleeting treasure of life itself relies on a constant to sustain us—the land.

I’m glad we as ACRES members invest in land through ACRES. I’m glad for the land and for all the other perishables, including you and me, that benefit during our brief participation in forever.


Jason Kissel


Dee Warner - May 11, 2021 - 10:35 pm

When I was growing up in the 1950's and 1960's, my family vacationed frequently at Wing Haven in Angola,IN. I have many fond memories of the lodge and its delicious meals, the many activities appealing to all ages, the beautiful cabins we stayed in and swimming out to the raft in the middle of the lake. It think it was called Genetian Lake. I also remember going on early morning birding hikes up blueberry hill, picking blueberries and having the cook from the lodge prepare pancakes over an open fire. Truly a kid's paradise. What happened to Wing Haven? It was a very special place and I've never found another place in the world like Wing Haven. Dee Warner

Bridgett Hernandez - May 12, 2021 - 11:27 am

Thank you for sharing those beautiful memories, Dee! Today, Wing Haven is a 250-acre nature preserve owned and managed by ACRES Land Trust. We are a member-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting natural and working lands in northeast Indiana and portions of southern Michigan and northwest Ohio. Wing Haven has two miles of trails for free public use, open daily from dawn to dusk. We encourage you to revisit your old stomping grounds. You are also welcome to attend our annual spring celebration May 15 from 1-5 p.m. at Wing Haven. Please visit the events page for more information: https://acreslandtrust.org/participate/events/ Thank you! -Bridgett Hernandez, communications manager for ACRES