Every dollar you donate supports newly protected land.

As development transforms local land at an astonishing rate, it’s urgent that we increase our efforts in order to keep pace. ACRES Land Trust is raising money to protect more land, and we need your help. Will you help by making an end-of-year donation?

Protected Forever

Since 1960, ACRES Land Trust has worked hand-in-hand with private land owners to permanently protect 7,300 acres of local land. With your support, we can acquire more vital places for protection. Learn about three newly protected properties below.

Kauffman Nature Sanctuary

Kauffman Nature Sanctuary is ACRES Land Trust’s first Michigan property. Land donor Janet Kauffman purchased the land in 1977, raising two boys and farming hay here for more than a decade. The 78-acre preserve features a cold water stream through forest and restored wetlands where green heron and sandhill cranes have nested among sedges, willows and cattails.


Wesdorp Nature Preserve

Wesdorp Nature Preserve protects 38 acres along the Little Elkhart River in Middlebury, Indiana. Donated by Karen Wesdorp, the preserve protects farmland and wooded wetlands, providing habitat for wildlife and native plants like blue flag iris and green dragon. The upland areas had high development pressure, but now its future is a natural system rather than the next subdivision.


Fellows Preserve

This Steuben County property had been in Linda Mowry’s family for four generations. She and her husband, John, protected the 22-acre property, which features a restored prairie, a wetland and a portion of shoreline along Green Lake. The family named the preserve in honor of their grandmother, Florence Fellows Bradfield, who had worked hard to keep the family farm during the Great Depression. Their gift ensures the land will remain intact in perpetuity.


Your gift of $20 or more includes ACRES membership:

  • You will receive exclusive invitations to closed properties and unique outings
  • ACRES will mail you a 20-page full color, Quarterly publication each season with stories on the land you help protect
  • You will be part of this living legacy of keeping local places safe