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Hanna land donation Scarlet Oak Woods

Land acquisition adds migratory songbird habitat to Scarlet Oak Woods

Contact: Abby Perfetti, Communications Director, Sycamore Land Trust, 812-336-5382 ext 101 July 12, 2016 Bloomington, IN — Sycamore Land Trust recently added 60 acres of forested land to Scarlet Oak Woods, a nature preserve in Monroe County. Sycamore Land Trust is the nonprofit organization that protects land and provides environmental education in southern Indiana. Three families – Bill and Lorraine Hanna, and two other anonymous couples – all sold…  [Read More]

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Sycamore Land Trust hires Abby Perfetti as Communications Director

Sycamore Land Trust is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Communications Director, Abby Perfetti. Perfetti brings a diverse background in marketing, writing, and community engagement, coming from Visit Bloomington to this new role as an environmental advocate. “It’s an honor to join Sycamore Land Trust’s talented team of staff and volunteers in the effort to preserve and protect Southern Indiana’s abundant natural beauty,” says Perfetti, a graduate of…  [Read More]

Graduate students at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) visited the Columbia Mine Preserve to gain context for a project mapping strategic areas for conservation in southern Indiana. Photo by John Lawrence.

Acquisition adds rare grasslands to Patoka River refuge

March 9, 2016 – Another highly desirable piece of land has been added to the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, one of just three national wildlife refuges in the state. Sycamore Land Trust secured funding from the Laura Hare Charitable Trust to enable the refuge to purchase this 108-acre property. The property has been named the Laura Hare Tract in gratitude to their commitment to protecting important natural areas like…  [Read More]

A preserve this big is worth seeing from the air! Thank you to Bill Oliver for giving our Assistant Director, John Lawrence, a fly-over with his camera. This photo looks southeast, with Beanblossom Creek bordering the property along the left and bottom of this photo.

Newest preserve shines with potential

October 6, 2015 – In its third largest acquisition ever, Sycamore Land Trust has purchased 339 acres with over a mile of frontage along Beanblossom Creek in northwest Monroe County. This preserve will be named in honor of the Sam Shine Foundation, which helped make the purchase possible. Support from Sycamore members was also essential. This preserve protects an ecologically important area, provides a home for threatened and endangered species,…  [Read More]

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New Development Director joins Sycamore’s team

September 23, 2015 – Bloomington native Ann Connors has joined Sycamore Land Trust as the conservation organization’s new Development Director. Ann grew up in Bloomington, attended the University of Illinois, and lived and worked in New York, Europe, West Africa, and Chicago. She moved back to Bloomington in 2014 while working as Senior Development Officer for Panthera, an organization that works to protect the big cats (including jaguars, lions, tigers,…  [Read More]

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]