Interview by Jason Kissel

ACRES Member Jim Haddock agreed to sit down with Executive Director Jason Kissel for a video interview. Jim shared stories of his experience with the organization and motivation behind his continued support.

When Jim paid his first membership dues of $2 in 1975, ACRES Land Trust owned and protected 332 acres of land, was supported by 497 members and was run by volunteers. Over the past 45 years, Jim has done his part to help grow the organization into what it is today: a land trust owning and protecting 7,230 acres, supported by 1,700 members and seven staff.

Jim has served as ACRES board member, board president and volunteer. He has a passion for learning. After earning a PhD in Entomology from the University of California, Jim put his knowledge to work teaching others through his position at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. While Jim’s interests and motivations for supporting ACRES are varied, you’ll notice his conversations often return to science and teaching. Some of his classrooms are ACRES preserves.

Thank you, Jim, for sharing your expertise, interest and support of ACRES—and for giving us a glimpse into why you value ACRES through this video.