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A small creek runs through the Stafford Family Preserve.

Family’s Brown County getaway now a Sycamore preserve

June 23, 2015 – Brown County is home to Sycamore Land Trust’s newest nature preserve, the Stafford Family Preserve. Donated by Jon Stafford and his family, these 46 acres of beautiful woods and open fields are adjacent to Brown County State Park. By protecting this natural area, which shares a border with Indiana’s largest state park, wildlife like songbirds and Eastern box turtles will benefit from the expanded area of…  [Read More]

The Fix-Stoelting Preserve is in the northwest portion of the Beanblossom Creek area. Click to view larger map.

Fix-Stoelting Preserve is a legacy for father and son

June 1, 2015 – The second property acquired as part of the Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area is now complete! The Fix-Stoelting Preserve is 31 acres at the corner of Mt. Tabor and Bottom Roads in Monroe County. Beanblossom Creek flows past the land, which also features bottomland woods, a field, and a tall wooded knob. The preserve’s name honors the family of the land donors, Julie and Kent Stoelting,…  [Read More]

Oxbow Preserve protects the scenic gateway to Bloomington.

Oxbow Preserve protects gateway to Bloomington

May 25, 2015 – The scenic entryway to Bloomington along North State Road 37 Business is now permanently protected by Sycamore Land Trust. The 31-acre piece of land at the junction of Business 37 and IN-37 features an oxbow of Beanblossom Creek and its floodplain. “It’s the first thing you see when you come into town. It’s an iconic vista,” says the land donor, Skip Van Cel. Called “Oxbow Preserve,”…  [Read More]

Protecting nesting areas will help bald eagles continue to recover successfully. Photo by Jeff Danielson.

Beanblossom Creek match met—thank you!

April 8, 2015 (updated May 26, 2015) – Thanks to our many generous donors, the match offers made by Bill and Kathleen Oliver and Oliver Winery have been met in just three weeks! We’ll apply these gifts—which total $75,000—toward the Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area match for a total value of $150,000. That’s a fantastic investment! In fact, the response was so outstanding that we extended the match offer with…  [Read More]

Beanblossom Creek runs through the Oliver Tract, which was added to Beanblossom Bottoms in January 2015. Photo by John Lawrence.

New parcel expands Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

January 26, 2015 – Sycamore Land Trust has acquired 27 acres of land along Beanblossom Creek in Monroe County, expanding Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve for the first time since 2001. Beanblossom Bottoms is a state-dedicated nature preserve, a designation reserved for “the best of the best” natural areas in Indiana. The new parcel was protected through a bargain sale donation by Bill and Kathleen Oliver, along with grants from the…  [Read More]

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Wildlife photographer joins Sycamore Board of Directors

January 20, 2015 – Steve Gifford, the wildlife photographer who took this iconic bobcat photo, has joined Sycamore’s Board of Directors. By showcasing what Indiana’s natural areas have to offer, Gifford propels forward the work of Sycamore Land Trust and other conservation organizations. “As a wildlife photographer in southern Indiana for the last ten years or so, I have become very familiar with the unique and ever-changing landscape of our…  [Read More]

Christian Freitag speaks at TEDxBloomington. Credit: Kevin Atkins.

Sycamore’s Director Embraces “Forever” in TEDx Talk

June 25, 2014 – “Be patient. Be persistent. And above all, be positive.” Christian Freitag, Executive Director of Sycamore Land Trust, sits in people’s living rooms every week and talks about saving their land “forever.” At TEDxBloomington, Freitag challenged us to rethink perpetuity by embracing a new land ethic that reflects a different scale of time. “I’m suggesting we become a little more obsessed with the future. Not tomorrow future….  [Read More]

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Pre-Columbian Spear Point Discovered

June 3, 2014 – A Sycamore volunteer recently found a spear point on one of Sycamore’s preserves in Monroe County. The Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University dates the point to pre A.D. 700. Staff at the lab said “The artifact is likely a spear or dart point, …and the nearby creek would have been a draw for both Pre-Columbian and Historic era people.” The volunteer and Sycamore…  [Read More]

Chloe Chandler, McKenzie Goodman, Hannah Bishop, and Keelyn Tiller mulch the Well Site Woods trail. Photo by Carroll Ritter.

Students honored for restoration work at Well Site Woods

June 2, 2014 – The trail and bridge are complete and a sign kiosk is in place at Well Site Woods Nature Preserve, a natural area students at Edgewood Intermediate School have enthusiastically protected and restored. The efforts of students, teachers, and others – spanning nearly a decade – were honored at a dedication ceremony on May 31. Well Site Woods Nature Preserve is a 20-acre natural area owned by…  [Read More]

River otters swimming through one of the many lakes on the Columbia Mine property. Photo by Steve Gifford.

Grant secured to expand Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge

April 11, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited has been awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to significantly expand the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge. Sycamore Land Trust was a partner on the application to protect land within the 20-mile acquisition boundary for the refuge. Read more. This grant – the first $1 million NAWCA grant for the southwest region of Indiana in nearly a decade – creates…  [Read More]