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In below-freezing temperatures, this past Saturday, January 28, ACRES volunteers showed up and dug in for our Preserve Workday. Eight volunteers gathered with staff members on the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve near Huntertown to fight the non-native invasive Vinca plant, commonly known as Periwinkle. The vine-like plant is a tenacious ground-cover, hence its ...
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By Kim Bowers I’m often reminded of poetry when I’m in the preserves. I’ll just be walking along, and a line of poetry will come to mind. Sometimes from a poem, sometimes from a piece of prose. Whatever the source, the words enhance my experience. They inspire me and help me enjoy the preserves even more. To my delight, ACRES ...
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ACRES Land Trust will host a Grand Opening of its 96-acre James P. Covell Nature Preserve, the local nonprofit’s first public preserve in DeKalb County, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, November 4. The preserve is located at approximately 2727 County Road 52, just south of Auburn and east of County Road 427. “ACRES values ...
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by Megan CooperOutreach InternUniversity of Saint Francis You should know ACRES Land Trust is run from a house. Just a residence-designed plot of wooded land. Sure, we call it “office.” What we mean is viewtiful vista in the woods. And to think, it only took a pooling of five bucks from each of the twelve ...
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By John J. Smith Skunk cabbage (picture 1 below) is the first native plant to flower, most years in March. Then come harbinger-of-spring, hepatica, false rue anemone and many more. But 2016 may have surprises. Already on Christmas day 2015 I found skunk cabbage spathes starting to emerge a few inches, and one hepatica flower and one ...
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by Megan Cooper Outreach Intern University of Saint Francis In late January amidst the tree-barred woods of Indiana, I hitched my satchel hastily over my shoulder, aware of the presence of greatness I’d forgotten the name of, and held my keys silent out of respect. ACRES Land Trust wasn’t my sanctuary—but immediately I wanted it ...
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By Tom Castaldi Travel east nineteen miles from Fort Wayne into Maumee Township on U.S. 24 heading for the Indiana-Ohio state line, and you’ll pass near Blue Cast Springs. Back in 1901, New Haven resident Henry Schnelker was attracted to an 87-acre plot with a flowing mineral spring, and he decided to purchase the land. ...
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ACRES Land Trust docent volunteers will lead five hikes through two very different Allen County preserves in celebration of the 23rd National Trails Day of the American Hiking Society. Explorers of all ages are invited to embark on the free adventures on Saturday, June 6 in Bicentennial Woods and Blue Cast Springs. “Our ACRES volunteers ...
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June marks the 50th anniversary of the preservation of Woodland Bog, one of the first properties owned by the ACRES Land Trust. The bog is a flourishing example of the “forever” promise of the nonprofit that today is protecting more than 5,700 acres in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The 20-acre Woodland Bog, northwest of Angola ...
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An unexpected bequest from photographer Robert E. Pence of Fort Wayne enables ACRES Land Trust to maintain its 5,700 acres forever, said Executive Director Jason Kissel. “Mr. Pence’s unrestricted $1 million gift allows ACRES to reach a milestone level of financial sustainability  — an endowment exceeding $3 million dollars,” said Kissel. “This provides the financial stability ...
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Frozen waterfalls, more than 60 Bald Eagles and a short “sugar bush” season make ACRES Land Trust’s Wabash County nature preserves a northeast Indiana outdoor destination right now. “Believe it or not, it’s a great time to visit a nearby preserve or venture into a new one,” said Jason Kissel, executive director and caretaker of ...
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