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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. On long drives to Madison, Indiana, to visit relatives, Josie observed the forests, rivers and open spaces, 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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The land is protected. Species are inventoried; footbridges installed. Eager explorers are standing by. Spring Lake Woods and Bog, a 107-acre northwest Allen County nature preserve protected by ACRES Land Trust, is about to open – nearly fifty years after being identified as a significant natural area by preservation experts. To celebrate its preservation and the …

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150+
volunteers worked 2,500 hours in the field, office and on the trails