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Dear friends, Each day is a victory for ACRES. Life thrives on 7,000+ acres of land because our members, and members before them, chose to acquire each of these acres. And it is a choice. People choose whether or not to support ACRES, ACRES staff and board choose whether or not to acquire each acre, …

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Many thanks to the Olive B. Cole Foundation and the Lilly Endowment internship support through Manchester University for supporting the ACRES summer land management program. ACRES staff look forward to this annual influx of energy and support. We get much more accomplished with the boost to the workforce and we gain the satisfaction of supporting …

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HUNTERTOWN, Ind., May 15, 2019 – This spring, ACRES Land Trust reforested 106 acres of marginal farmland, planting 55,000 native hardwood saplings on three of its regional nature preserves, setting a new pace in the nonprofit’s land management. Since 2016, the nonprofit has reforested 165 acres, planting nearly 100,000 trees on six preserves during a …

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Beginners and Backyard Birders Welcome! Celebrate birding and help protect land. Would you like to help ACRES and practice your birding skills? Bird Blitz is back! You can count birds either as an individual or on a team, on any open ACRES preserve, dawn to dusk, from Sunday, June 2 – Saturday, June 8. Registration …

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“I feel like I’ve made a difference, and it’s been fun,” said Sue Diefenbach, reflecting on serving as ACRES’ recording secretary for the past 12 years. Prior to retiring from her volunteer position at the end of 2018, Sue attended 71 board meetings, taking minutes and producing a near transcript of all conversations. New board …

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Purchasing a license plate for your new vehicle? Or renewing your plates? How can your $40 Environmental License Plate help ACRES? You may be surprised to learn that since 1992, sales of these plates have provided $4 million to ACRES Land Trust to protect land through the President Benjamin Harrison Conservation Trust, formerly the Indiana …

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ACRES Land Trust’s land management efforts are growing. With your support, new heavy equipment is at work in the preserves – pulverizing non-native invasive plants and boosting our restoration and enhancement work. An end-of-year match provided by The Cairn Foundation boosted fundraising efforts to pay off equipment costs and purchase a new, stronger truck to …

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With thanks to ACRES members for ongoing support, here is our Annual Report from fiscal year 2017-2018. Founders Forest expansionLittle Lake photo by Thomas SprungerGrass LakeWildwood expansion Read more: Founders ForestGrass LakeLittle LakeWildwood addition MANAGEMENT | (Calendar year 2018) In the Cedar Creek Corridor, ACRES staff and interns spent 495 hours, walking 243 miles, fighting …

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This semester, Trine University students enrolled in a Conservation course will help ACRES Land Trust as part of a land management immersion, focused on caring for the Beechwood, Foster and Majneri Nature Preserves, adjacent to Pokagon State Park. Students will work at the preserve 8-10 weeks, battling non-native invasive species, learning land management strategies and …

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Land Management has been on the move this year, doing important work on several ACRES preserves. Here are some notes from the field regarding their progress at Walter H. and E. Marie Myers Nature Preserve, Pehkokia Woods and James P. Covell Nature Preserve. Many thanks to member and donor support for making these projects possible, …

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[Editor’s note: While it may be difficult to imagine today’s snow-covered Midwest was once a shallow sea, explorers of last Saturday’s Creek Stomp – Winter Edition at Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run had the opportunity to see firsthand what ancient wonders this place holds. If you missed the event or if you did indeed stomp …

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Dear friends, Since ACRES protects land forever, I often engage in conversations envisioning what natural areas will look like during the course of forever. We think about how much bigger trees will be in a hundred years, how some lakes will become bogs in a thousand years, how rivers will move. We wonder what plants and animals …

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