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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]

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“Team Sycamore” Will Participate in First Climate Ride Midwest

February 14, 2014 – Sycamore Land Trust has joined Climate Ride, a multi-day charitable bike ride that benefits organizations working on sustainable solutions, and is recruiting riders for the first Climate Ride in the Midwest. Sycamore’s Development Director, Sheryl Woodhouse Keese, and her husband Brian Keese, have registered to ride and encourage others who enjoy biking and want to support local environmental protection efforts to join the Sycamore Land Trust…  [Read More]

A beautiful frozen waterfall at the Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest. Photo by John Lawrence.

“Canyon Forest” Now Protected

January 22, 2014 – Sycamore Land Trust is pleased to announce its latest acquisition, the Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest. Donated by David and Kathy Dilcher and Rudi Turner, this 68-acre Greene County property features deep ravines with large sandstone outcrops, several waterfalls, and a high-quality mature forest. Left untouched for over 40 years, this beautiful property will now be protected forever. The preserve is home to a variety of plants and animals….  [Read More]

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New Development Director Joins the Sycamore Team

January 2, 2014 – Sheryl Woodhouse Keese, the founder and former owner of Twisted Limb Paperworks, will serve as Sycamore Land Trust’s new Development Director. A skilled manager with a proven record for turning creative vision into reality, Woodhouse Keese will lead Sycamore’s fundraising efforts throughout southern Indiana. Woodhouse Keese’s commitment to conservation is clear from her fifteen years building Twisted Limb, the country’s first 100% recycled invitation company, based…  [Read More]

Photo by Amber Ball.

Columbia Mine Preserve Grand Opening a Success

November 21, 2013 – On an unseasonably warm day in November, several dozen people attended the Grand Opening event for the Columbia Mine Preserve near Oakland City, IN. The visitors were eager to check out this large new preserve, which is a keystone piece of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and is home to river otters, bobcats, and rare bird species.       In early November, nature…  [Read More]

The finished parking area off Valley Branch Road for the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill.

New Brown County Preserve Ready to Welcome Visitors

November 18, 2013 – A parking lot and other improvements have now been completed at The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, making this new preserve more accessible to visitors. Sycamore Land Trust Assistant Director John Lawrence oversaw the construction of a small gravel parking lot to provide access from Valley Branch Road (map available here). Gates have been installed to protect the preserve from trespass by vehicles, and…  [Read More]

Bobcat seen at close range at the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge by photographer Steve Gifford.

This Year’s Conservation Award Winners

November 8, 2013 – Two individuals and one local business received awards at Sycamore Land Trust’s Annual Celebration on November 1, 2013. The recipients were chosen for their distinguished contributions to conservation in southern Indiana. Steve Gifford, an accomplished nature photographer, received the Barbara Restle Lifetime Conservation Award. Gifford resides in Haubstadt, in southwestern Indiana, and traverses much of southern Indiana to capture rare moments with some of our most…  [Read More]