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Duke Energy employees pose with Sycamore staff during a grant presentation at Cedar Crest

Sycamore Land Trust’s Native Plant Project receives financial support from the Duke Energy Foundation

October 4, 2016 Contact: Abby Perfetti, Communications Director Sycamore Land Trust PO Box 7801 Bloomington, IN 47407 (812) 336-5382 x101 Bloomington, Ind. – Sycamore Land Trust, the conservation nonprofit that protects land in southern Indiana, has received an important grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for Sycamore’s Environmental Education Program. The grant of $9,976 was presented at a ceremony at Sycamore’s headquarters in Bloomington on September 26. Funding from…  [Read More]

Indiana State Botanist/Plant Ecologist to speak at Sycamore Land Trust event

Contact: Abby Perfetti, Communications Director Sycamore Land Trust PO Box 7801 Bloomington, IN 47407 (812) 336-5382 x101 Bloomington, Ind. – For 34 years, Michael Homoya has been the Indiana State Botanist/Plant Ecologist at the Department of Natural Resources. He’s learned a few things about plants in this time – enough to write two books so far, Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana and Orchids of Indiana, as well as many…  [Read More]

Environmental Education Director Shane Gibson works with kids from Rogers Elementary

Environmental Education returns to classrooms as MCCSC kids head back to school

Contact: Abby Perfetti, Communications Director Sycamore Land Trust PO Box 7801 Bloomington, IN 47407 (812) 336-5382 x101   Bloomington, Ind. – Now that kids are back in the classrooms, they’re likely to spend less time outdoors than they did during the carefree days of summer. But as Sycamore Land Trust’s Environmental Education Director, Shane Gibson, is well aware, learning and playing in the fresh air is one of the…  [Read More]

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]

Abby Perfetti

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]