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Barbara Kingsolver changed my life
January 11, 2017 – by Abby Perfetti, Communications Director One thing I love about being a part of Sycamore is learning all the different reasons why people get involved in conservation. Some folks really dig the science of it, others are deeply concerned about climate change, others feel a strong bond with nature, and some of us feel all those things and more. Coming from an arts background (I studied choral music in college...  [Read More]
Frost Flowers
December 20, 2016 – By Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director   Dear Frost Flower, Where have you been all my life?   This was my first thought when during the first week of December, Sycamore received photos and reports of frost flowers being present at the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill. And then I was reminded of an Aldo Leopold quote: “No matter how intently one studies the hundred little dramas of...  [Read More]
Gift ideas for lovers of nature
December 8, 2016 – Shopping for an environmentalist, outdoorsy person, or gardener can be tough. Getting that perfect gift that they’ll use, that’s good for the planet, and that doesn’t cost a million bucks takes some savvy shopping. Sycamore staff members are here to help you out this holiday season. Check out these ideas and add your own in the comments! p.s. You’ll notice that a lot of these gifts are linked to Sycamore’s...  [Read More]
How to make Spicebush Tea
November 28, 2016 – by Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director Nature’s goodness comes in many forms: the sight of red leaves of the sumac, the smell of a walnut, the sound of a Carolina wren, the feel of pine duff under foot, and the taste of spicebush tea. Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is a woodland shrub native to the eastern half of the United States. Spicebush is very adaptable to growing conditions but does prefer...  [Read More]
What it wants to be
November 3, 2016 – By John Lawrence, Assistant Director — This article was originally printed in the Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, The Twig. See a PDF of the complete newsletter. — Sycamore Land Trust has grown tremendously over the past few years as we have focused on buying land while continuing to work with landowners to either donate their properties or enter into conservation easements. We now protect more than 9,000 acres...  [Read More]
Positive attitudes to nature form early
November 3, 2016 – By Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director — This article was originally printed in the Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, The Twig. See a PDF of the complete newsletter. — “Don’t go to Uncle Shane’s backyard! Bugs are back there!” These were the words my brother used to keep his two young children in my front yard and in sight. It might have seemed harmless at the time. But the...  [Read More]
Hoosier Hikers Council builds trails for Sycamore
November 3, 2016 – By Abby Perfetti, Communications Director — This article was originally printed in the Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, The Twig. See a PDF of the complete newsletter. — On a sweltering summer morning at the end of July, while the rest of us were soaking up all the air conditioning we could, three men were outside volunteering their time in the Indiana heat. Pete Banta, James Shearn, Tom Connor,...  [Read More]
Important places merit special names
November 3, 2016 – By Ann Connors, Development Director — This article was originally printed in the Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, The Twig. See a PDF of the complete newsletter. — One thing is clear when you get involved with Sycamore Land Trust—we are all in this together. Sycamore’s ability to protect the unique and valuable landscapes of southern Indiana depends on the generous support of those who are able to make...  [Read More]
My pledge: To match the dedication of volunteers and staff
November 3, 2016 – By Abby Perfetti, Communications Director — This article was originally printed in the Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, The Twig. See a PDF of the complete newsletter. — I’ve been on the staff at Sycamore Land Trust only since June, but I already feel at home. Indiana is my home—I was raised in Indianapolis, and have degrees from Earlham College and Indiana University. Nonprofits are my home, having worked...  [Read More]
Protecting land is a family effort
November 3, 2016 – By Gary Chambers Gary Chambers is a mechanic, and a retired farmer and Cummins Engine employee. He is a Sycamore member whose family donated a conservation easement on their farm in Bartholomew County. Gary sat down with our staff at his family farm, where he told us this moving story about why he chose to become conservation partners with Sycamore Land Trust. — This article was originally printed in the...  [Read More]