MISSION AND VISION
Our Mission: to preserve the beauty, health, and diversity of southern Indiana’s natural landscape through strategic land conservation and environmental education.
Our Vision: Sycamore Land Trust envisions a future in which southern Indiana has diverse and abundant habitat for native plants and animals, as well as clean air and water, working lands that are productive and sustainable, and people who embrace the connection between a healthy environment and our quality of life.
These statements were written by the staff and board of directors in 2017.
What We Do
We protect land through ownership or holding conservation easements to limit harmful uses while allowing land to remain in private ownership. In addition to owning land, we also steward the land by managing restoration projects.
Sycamore also operates an Environmental Education program that connects people of all ages to nature, including more than 6,800 people in 2018.
In 2019, Sycamore became an accredited land trust through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Accreditation acknowledges the highest level of achievement in transparency, accountability, and longevity for land trusts across North America. We are also a Guidestar Gold nonprofit.
Sycamore is staffed by seven full-time employees and several part-time student interns. Our small but mighty team is committed to protecting land, restoring habitat, connecting people to nature, and raising support for Sycamore’s mission. Please get in touch with us at the contact info below. For general questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
812-336-5382 ext. 105
I started with Sycamore in 2004 as a summer intern, joined the permanent staff in 2006, and have been Sycamore's assistant director since 2008. I've volunteered with Wildcare as a wildlife rehabilitator, and served as president of the Sassafras Audubon Society. I'm a Monroe County native, and enjoy birding, plant identification, and walking with my wife Carrie and our three rescue dogs.
812-336-5382 ext. 104
I grew up in Bloomington, studied history at the University of Illinois, and got my Master's degree at the American Graduate School of International Management. After living and working in big cities and overseas, I returned home and love working to help protect our natural heritage. In my free time, I enjoy the local arts scene and visiting small towns and historic sites in our region.
Land Stewardship Manager
812-336-5382 ext. 103
I grew up in southeastern Indiana and have spent most of my life working and exploring the backwoods. My career has provided me opportunities to track copperbelly water snakes through the wetlands and follow the endangered Kirtland's warbler from the Bahamas to Michigan, among other adventures. I joined Sycamore Land Trust in 2017 to help conserve and protect critical habitat for our diverse flora and fauna and future generations of Hoosiers.
Environmental Education Director
812-336-5382 ext. 107
My father immersed me in nature at early age through hunting and fishing, which influenced my passion for connecting other people to nature. I studied environmental science and elementary education at Indiana University, and my work with Sycamore is a perfect blend of the two. I live in Monroe County with my wife Taji, two sons Tanner and Sawyer, and a slew of flea-bitten varmints.
Susan Haislip Daleke
812-336-5382 ext. 100
I spent my formative years on the southwestern coast of Connecticut exploring creeks, beaches, and woodlands, developing a passion for conservation at an early age. After graduation from the University of Bridgeport, I traveled the states as a US Army officer before settling in southern Indiana, home of my mother's family, to raise my own children. I enjoy birding, quilting, board games, and time with my husband Mike and our families.
812-336-5382 ext. 101
I grew up in Indianapolis, studied music at Earlham College, and got my MA at IU's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. A proud member of Team Sycamore since 2016, I'm motivated to protect and restore Indiana's beautiful wilderness to counteract climate change and clean up the environment for my niece, Hannah. I sing soprano with several local choirs; I'm also a beekeeper and like to climb, volunteer, travel, and cook vegetarian goodies with my girlfriend.
Land Protection Director
812-336-5382 ext. 106
I grew up hiking, hunting, and camping in the hills of southern Indiana. My father would take my friends and me camping at place we called Polk Township and this is where my passion for the outdoors grew. I studied Ecology and Natural History at Prescott College in Arizona and received my Law degree at Lewis & Clark in Oregon. While I have been fortunate to travel around, my heart has always remained in Indiana. After practicing law in Bloomington for the past eight years, I am excited to return to my roots work towards protecting the landscape that I love.
Volunteer Conservation Intern
812-336-5382 ext. 102
An Ellettsville native, I grew up exploring the forested hills of southern Indiana, gaining an early passion for conservation that was further developed by working with Sycamore in elementary school to preserve a local wetland. I now study environmental management and geography at IU, motivated to ensure our natural ecosystems can be cherished and protected for generations to come. In my free time, I enjoy backpacking, reading, knitting, and playing the kazoo.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors provides strategic direction as we preserve the land and wildlife of southern Indiana and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education.
Owner of Goods for Cooks
Retired, Executive Director Development & Alumni Relations, IU School of Education
Rabbi, Congregation Beth Shalom
Owner, Laughing Planet Café, Village Deli, Soma Coffeehouse
Retired anesthesiologist at Bloomington Hospital
Retired Park Naturalist, Brown County State Park
Elaine Caldwell Emmi
Bloomington Area Interfaith Alliance co-chair
Managing Partner of Camelot Company
retired Refuge Manager, Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge
Brown County Circuit Court Judge
Old National Bank
Retired Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington
Owner, Linda Williamson Consulting LLC
Attorney at law
The Advisory Board helps Sycamore protect the hardwood forests, rolling hills, wetlands, and family farms that make southern Indiana special. By drawing on their expertise, we are transforming our vibrant region, from habitat for wildlife and native trees to environmental education for the next generation.
Retired, Owner of Quality Mill Supply
Wilfred C. Bussing III
Attorney and Trustee of University of Evansville
Former Owner of Upland Brewing Company
Retired, Elanco Animal Health/Eli Lilly& Company
Chairman of the Board of Cook Group
Clinical Professor Emeritus, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Former U.S. Congressman, Indiana’s Ninth District
President of Hurlow Wealth Management Group, Inc.
President of Johnson Ventures
Retired from Ameritech; Volunteer with the National Arbor Day Foundation
Professor of History at Indiana University
Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU
President, CFC Properties
Edward W. Najam, Jr.
Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals
Retired from Brown County Community Foundation
RE/MAX Realty Professionals
Retired civil worker and librarian
Ronald F. Remak
Owner of Bill C. Brown Associates
Scott Russell Sanders
Author and IU Professor of English
Randall T. Shepard
Senior Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals; retired Chief Justice of Indiana
Executive Director, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation
Chairman of the Board of Sarkes Tarzian
U.S. Senator, Indiana
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