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Check out the latest news stories and media coverage from Sycamore. For inquiries from members of the press, please contact Abby Henkel, Communications Director, at abby@sycamorelandtrust.org or 812-336-5382 ext 101.

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Learning about Birds: thoughts from a new birder

  • July 8, 2020

by Eva Lapp, Communications and Development Graduate Fellow header photo: eastern phoebe at Cedar Crest, Jaime Sweany Here at Sycamore Land Trust, every staff member has a deep and abiding passion for continued learning about wildlife conservation. As the newest member of the team, I don’t come from an environmental background but I have been […]

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(Not) sorry to bug you

  • June 16, 2020

by Chris Fox, Land Stewardship Manager This article originally appeared in the summer 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Being a land steward has its perks! Not the least of which is having the great outdoors as your office. However, it also has its drawbacks. […]

“My favorite plant is whatever new plant I discover.”

  • June 16, 2020

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Peine Farm has been in the family for 50 years, but these days you might instead call it Peine Nature Oasis. In every season, the family’s 196-acre […]

“Your land will never be timbered”

  • June 16, 2020

by Rob McCrea, Land Preservation Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. The best part of my job at Sycamore is working with property owners who want to protect their land. There is much more to protecting the […]

Life on a log

  • June 16, 2020

by Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Not all wildlife encounters are as obvious as a deer crossing the road, a squirrel on a birdfeeder, or a hawk on a roadside fence post. […]

Insects in our ecosystem

  • June 12, 2020

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Cover photo by Rick Malad, @cadmea: A mining bee visits spring beauty, a delicate spring ephemeral flower, at the Malad Preserve in Monroe County, a private property […]

Native Tree Seedling Giveaway

  • June 3, 2020

Help wildlife and beautify your yard with a native tree seedling! This weekend, we will have free native tree seedlings available at both Bloomingfoods locations: 316 W 6th St and 3220 E 3rd St. Simply stop by during open hours on Saturday and Sunday (as supplies last) to pick up your seedling. Learn about tree […]

Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest becomes State-Designated Nature Preserve

  • May 27, 2020

Contact: Abby Henkel, Communications Director, Sycamore Land Trust abby@sycamorelandtrust.org A nature preserve owned and protected by Sycamore Land Trust has become the latest natural area to earn the distinction of State-Dedicated Nature Preserve by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest, which was donated to Sycamore in 2013 by David and Kathy Dilcher […]

Announcing weekend closure: Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve

  • May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020 Contact: Abby Henkel, Communications Director, abby@sycamorelandtrust.org Due to an extraordinary increase in traffic related to the effects of COVID-19, the Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve will be temporarily closed on weekends. The parking lot will be gated promptly at 8:00 pm on Fridays, and reopen at 8:00 am on Mondays. We do […]

Online auction fundraiser for Sycamore

  • May 14, 2020

We’re pleased to announce the opening of an online auction fundraiser for Sycamore Land Trust! Sycamore member and owner of the Persimmon Inn, Sue Fratianni, has generously donated a one-of-a-kind root burl armchair to be auctioned by Estate & Downsizing Specialists LLC. View the auction   About the Root Burl Armchair The burl, believed to […]

Arbor Day: Tree species for your yard

  • April 14, 2020

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director, and Chris Fox, Land Stewardship Manager In celebration of Arbor Day 2020, we’ve put together resources and ideas to help you pick the right tree species for your yard and take care of it over the years. Although we’ve had to turn our annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway into a […]

Responsible Recreation

  • April 13, 2020

Parks, trails, and natural areas across the country have had many more visitors recently, including Sycamore’s public nature preserves. It’s great to get outside! Just remember that safety, courtesy, and protecting nature always come first. Do your part and follow these rules if you venture out for a hike: If a parking area is full, […]

From the Executive Director

  • April 6, 2020

April 6th, 2020 Dear Sycamore Friends, We’re about to begin the third week of the recently extended statewide stay-at-home order, during which our wonderful staff have been working at home and finding new ways of accomplishing Sycamore’s mission. With the COVID-19 situation changing every day, it’s hard to know what the next few days, weeks, […]

Nature activities to enjoy at home

  • April 2, 2020

If you’re stuck at home and itching to enjoy the great outdoors, fear not. There are lots of ways you can enjoy nature and learn something new without leaving your home or yard. Keep in touch with us to show how you’re exploring nature from home on Facebook and Instagram. Steward nature in your own […]

Closures and cancellations due to COVID-19

  • March 17, 2020

To keep our Sycamore family and our wider community safe during the coronavirus outbreak, our staff will be working from home and in the field. Our office in Bloomington will be closed to visitors for the time being; our nature preserves remain open. We anticipate there will be event cancellations, so please stay tuned to […]

10,000 acres thanks to you

  • February 21, 2020

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. This past November, we reached a milestone: 10,000 acres protected forever. Thanks to the steady support of Sycamore members and volunteers, together we will protect this land […]

Building habitat corridors

  • February 21, 2020

by Rob McCrea, Land Protection Director and John Lawrence, Executive Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Land use patterns that carve up contiguous natural areas and isolate habitats make it harder for populations of plant and animal […]

Sycamore volunteers: Leading the pack

  • February 21, 2020

by Chris Fox, Land Stewardship Manager This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. I recently read an article which stated that the national volunteerism rate had declined to a new 15-year low. The percentage of people giving financially to […]

Nature preserve renamed for Indiana forest advocate, Bob Klawitter

  • February 21, 2020

by Ann Connors, Development Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. On a bright afternoon in early November, family and fellow environmentalists gathered at Sycamore’s Lake Lemon Woods preserve in Monroe County to honor the late Bob Klawitter […]

Beauties of Spring

  • February 11, 2020

by Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. American Indians have been known to make special teas or “spring tonics” to rejuvenate the spirit after a long winter. A walk in a springtime […]

Facing a Changing Climate

  • February 11, 2020

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2020 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. There is a place in the woods behind our office at Cedar Crest where the trail meets the creek. When I need to clear my mind, […]

Unionville Elementary honors Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director

  • February 10, 2020

Shane Gibson thought it would be a regular day working with the classrooms at Unionville Elementary. As Sycamore’s Environmental Education Director, Shane works with classrooms throughout Unionville and at schools all over southern Indiana on all kinds of nature education, from watershed studies to growing native seeds to birdwatching and beyond. When he walked into […]

Sam Shine’s Legacy at Sycamore Land Trust

  • January 23, 2020

As we reflect on Sycamore’s first three decades of protecting nature in southern Indiana, we remember Sam Shine for his generosity and commitment to ecological preservation and restoration in southern Indiana and beyond. Sam passed away on November 15, 2019 at the age of 86. Growing up in New Albany, Indiana, Sam developed a great […]

A new milestone: 10,000 acres protected forever

  • December 2, 2019

We are overjoyed to announce that Sycamore Land Trust now protects more than 10,000 acres of land in southern Indiana! In October 2019 we closed on the anonymous donation of 188 wooded acres in Owen County, bringing Sycamore’s protected land to 10,000 acres. Since then, we have closed on two more properties, in Monroe and […]

Holiday gifts to support Sycamore

  • November 19, 2019

Many of us love giving gifts to our family and friends, but we shy away from materialism and unneeded clutter as we turn toward supporting local organizations and making an impact on our community. This holiday giving season, why not connect the folks on your giving list with Sycamore Land Trust? There are lots of […]

New species of firefly seen at Beanblossom Bottoms

  • November 7, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that a newly discovered, rare firefly has been found at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve! The cypress firefly, discovered by biologist Lynn Frierson Faust in Mississippi in 2017, was only known to live in cypress swamps until biologist Max Henschen identified Beanblossom Bottoms as a potential habitat in June 2019. He […]

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From the Land Preservation Director

  • October 28, 2019

by Rob McCrea This article originally appeared in the fall 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Many conservationists have a favorite passage from Aldo Leopold. One of mine is about how the outdoor experiences we have as children resonate with us, and how we try […]

Environmental Education Highlights

  • October 28, 2019

by Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director This article originally appeared in the fall 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Our Environmental Education program aims to get people of all ages comfortable in the outdoors, interested in nature, and dedicated to protecting it. This spring […]

Christian Freitag Trail Dedication

  • October 28, 2019

by Ann Connors, Development Director This article originally appeared in the fall 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. In June, a group of good friends of Sycamore came together at our office, Cedar Crest, for a reception and ceremony to honor Christian Freitag, Sycamore’s Executive […]

The Diversity of Planet Earth

  • October 28, 2019

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director This article originally appeared in the fall 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Beyond the 1.8 million species discovered on earth, scientists estimate there are many more times that yet to be found and named. Perhaps 3.6 million more […]

Target Circle: Vote for Sycamore!

  • October 16, 2019

Sycamore is thrilled to be selected as a participant in the launch of Target Circle in Bloomington! This new program allows Target shoppers to raise funds for local nonprofits by voting with points they earn each shopping trip. By voting for Sycamore, you can help direct Target’s giving to preserve more land, restore more habitat, […]

Laura Hare Nature Preserve at the Confluence Acquired

  • July 15, 2019

Sycamore Land Trust has added a new 33-acre nature preserve to our Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area, thanks to a grant from the Laura Hare Charitable Trust and the support of Sycamore members. The new Laura Hare Nature Preserve at the Confluence is located in the northwest corner of Monroe County, where Beanblossom Creek flows […]

LGBTQ Environmentalists

  • June 26, 2019

by Ellen Bergan, Volunteer Conservation Intern Happy LGBTQ Pride Month! Pride Month is a time to celebrate diversity, identity, and the important strides made in LGBTQ rights and equality. Alongside this progress, LGBTQ people have created resounding impacts in conservation and environmental justice. As outdoor spaces have historically been shaped by white, cisgender (non-transgender), and […]

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Patsy Powell’s legacy in nature

  • June 5, 2019

by John Lawrence, Executive Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. While conservation is forever, a lot can happen in a few years, and Sycamore’s beautiful Powell Preserve in Monroe County is a perfect example. As we remember […]

Land Trust Accreditation

  • June 5, 2019

by Susan Haislip Daleke, Administrative Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. In February, Sycamore Land Trust reached a significant milestone by earning national accreditation= with the Land Trust Alliance. LTA is a national leader in policy, standards, […]

A Heritage of Land Stewardship

  • June 5, 2019

by Ann Connors, Development Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Del and Letty Newkirk’s love of land and animals has been a lifelong passion. Del grew up on a farm in Columbus, IN, and for decades the […]

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From the Executive Director

  • June 3, 2019

This article originally appeared in the summer 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! To all of Sycamore’s wonderful members, foundation grantors, and business supporters; to our dedicated board, advisory board, volunteers, staff, and partner organizations; and to all […]

Stewardship Stories

  • June 3, 2019

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. “We strive for a way of life that our descendants will look back on with gratitude, a way of life that is worthy of our magnificent […]

Sycamore receives Bloomington Commission on Sustainability Award

  • May 30, 2019

Sycamore Land Trust was one of four honorees to receive an award from the City of Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. The awards recognize “individuals, companies, and nonprofits that have accomplished significant economic, environmental, or social contributions to the city’s sustainable development.” Together with Hoosier Hill Food Bank, Sycamore received the 2019 Nonprofit Sustainability Award after […]

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Financial Information

  • March 20, 2019

Sycamore Land Trust is committed to financial responsibility, efficiency, and accountability. If you have a question, please contact Susan Haislip, Administrative Director, at susan@sycamorelandtrust.org or 812-336-5382 ext 100.                   Sycamore is nationally accredited by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, and has the GuideStar Gold seal of […]

Sycamore Land Trust earns national recognition

  • February 27, 2019

For Immediate Release February 27, 2019 Contact: Abby Henkel, Communications Director, Sycamore Land Trust abby@sycamorelandtrust.org 812-336-5382 ext. 101 Bloomington, Ind. – Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. We find common ground in a desire to care for the places we call home. Since 1990, Sycamore Land Trust has been doing just that […]

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Job opening: Land Preservation Director

  • February 19, 2019

We seek a full-time Land Preservation Director to play a key role in Sycamore’s land protection efforts, including the evaluation and completion of new projects as well as the management and monitoring of existing nature preserves and conservation easements. Joining a staff of six other full-time employees, this position works closely with the Executive Director […]

Emergency bird-watching

  • February 1, 2019

by Shayna Steingard, SPEA Communications Fellow This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. For serious birders, a rare bird sighting is treated with equal urgency as a fire alarm or an atomic bomb warning: everyone mobilizes. 0900 Hours: the […]

Honoring Don & Betsy Whitehead

  • February 1, 2019

by Ann Connors, Development Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. Family and friends of Don and Betsy Whitehead gathered recently at Sycamore’s Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve on Lake Monroe to honor the memory of Don and Betsy, […]

Teaching Them to Fish

  • February 1, 2019

by Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. “Give a person a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime.” This could […]

A Beanblossom Creek vision

  • February 1, 2019

by John Lawrence, Executive Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. The broad floodplain of Beanblossom Creek in Monroe County was Sycamore Land Trust’s first focus area for conservation, and it holds amazing potential for the future. Twenty-five […]

From 40 Acres to Forever

  • February 1, 2019

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2019 issue of The Twig, our member newsletter. To see more articles and past issues, click here. It’s a crisp November morning, the day before families and friends will gather for food and the sharing of gratitude on Thanksgiving. While many folks are firing […]

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

  • January 31, 2019

Thoughts on Beanblossom Bottoms

  • January 31, 2019

Over the years, many wonderful families, businesses, and foundations have supported land acquisition and stewardship at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. The 1,574 acres we care for in the conservation area would not be protected forever without the support of these people. From the 200+ people who made gifts of any size to the Bicentennial Nature […]

Sycamore Land Trust announces new Executive Director, John Lawrence

  • January 28, 2019

contact: Abby Henkel, Communications Director, Sycamore Land Trust abby@sycamorelandtrust.org 812-336-5382 ext. 101 Bloomington, Ind. – John Lawrence has been hired as the Executive Director for Sycamore Land Trust, which protects land and connects people to nature in southern Indiana through strategic conservation and environmental education. Having served as the organization’s Interim Executive Director since September […]

What Sycamore members accomplished in 2018

  • December 20, 2018

Together, with Sycamore members and volunteers, we have saved almost 10,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and prairies forever. We — or rather, you — have reached more than 18,000 people through hands-on environmental education programs. You’ve built 35 miles of hiking trails, free to all people,  on 16 public nature preserves that didn’t exist 30 years […]

Duke Energy Foundation awards Sycamore grant for trail accessibility

  • December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018 Contact: Abby Henkel, Communications Director, abby@sycamorelandtrust.org The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded Sycamore Land Trust a grant of $27,500 to help make the trail at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve more accessible to visitors of all abilities. Beanblossom Bottoms, located in Monroe County, IN, is a 620-acre wetland and a particular focus of […]

Land trust conserves 500-plus more acres in 2018

  • December 3, 2018

This article was printed in The Herald-Times on Monday, December 3, 2018. It is reprinted here with permission. Sycamore Land Trust has helped conserve 526 more acres in south-central Indiana so far this year. The land trust, with headquarters in Bloomington, had its largest land donation ever — 257 acres in Orange County being donated by […]

Preparing for Winter

  • November 27, 2018

Ever wonder if the animals that live on Sycamore’s nature preserves need blankets and hot cocoa to stay warm? Unlike humans, native animals are well adapted to this climate. They know instinctively how to adapt to their surroundings, and they’re getting ready to do so right now. Here are what some of our furry neighbors are […]

Water Hikes

  • October 18, 2018

This article originally appeared in the fall 2018 issue of The Twig, our newsletter for Sycamore members. To see more articles or view it as a PDF, click here. Beloved for its rolling hills, rich forestry, and an abundance of wildlife, southern Indiana is an outdoor lover’s paradise. A recent study conducted by Visit Bloomington found […]

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Holding Ground

  • October 18, 2018

This article originally appeared in the fall 2018 issue of The Twig, our newsletter for Sycamore members. To see more articles or view it as a PDF, click here. When I talk to students about water quality, most are surprised to discover that the number one pollutant of our water in Indiana is sediment. But […]

A New Habitat for Herons

  • October 18, 2018

This article originally appeared in the fall 2018 issue of The Twig, our newsletter for Sycamore members. To see more articles or view it as a PDF, click here. Sycamore Land Trust’s latest land purchase along Beanblossom Creek has a special tie to our first wetland parcel in the area, which was acquired more than two […]

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Guided by the Land Ethic

  • October 17, 2018

This article originally appeared in the fall 2018 issue of The Twig, our newsletter for Sycamore members. To see more articles or view it as a PDF, click here. “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Aldo […]

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Saving Water

  • October 17, 2018

This article originally appeared in the fall 2018 issue of The Twig, our newsletter for Sycamore members. To see more articles or view it as a PDF, click here. “It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water.” Barbara Kingsolver, in an interview with NPR This simple statement holds […]

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Job Opening: Land Preservation Director

  • October 9, 2018

We seek a full-time Land Preservation Director to play a key role in Sycamore’s land protection efforts, including the evaluation and completion of new projects as well as the management and monitoring of existing nature preserves and conservation easements. Joining a staff of six other full-time employees, this position works closely with the Executive Director […]

John Lawrence to serve as Interim Executive Director

  • September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018 Beginning on September 1, John Lawrence stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director for Sycamore Land Trust. John has been on Sycamore’s staff for 12 years, including the past 10 as Assistant Director. Possessing a deep knowledge of land acquisition and stewardship, and a passion for nature, he is well suited […]

Sycamore Adds 84 Acres to Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

  • September 17, 2018

June 8, 2018 We are thrilled to announce that we have added an 84-acre parcel of bottomland to Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve in Monroe County!   This addition expands our footprint of protected land in an ecologically important area. The Beanblossom Creek conservation area contains bottomland and upland forest, wetland, and important habitat for many […]

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Beanblossom Bottoms to Close July 9 for Trail Work

  • September 17, 2018

Sycamore Land Trust is excited to announce that the popular boardwalk trail at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve will be undergoing a renovation soon, a er a weather delay earlier this year. The front portion of the wooden boardwalk trail — the longest of its kind in Indiana — will be replaced with a new design […]

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Christian Freitag to leave position at Sycamore Land Trust for the Conservation Law Center

  • September 17, 2018

July 19, 2018 Contact: Abby Henkel, Communications Director, Sycamore Land Trust abby@sycamorelandtrust.org 812-336-5382 ext. 101 Bloomington, Ind. – Christian Freitag, Executive Director of Sycamore Land Trust for the past 18 years, has resigned from his position to become President and Director of the Conservation Law Center, a public-interest nonprofit environmental law firm based in Bloomington. […]

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74 acres added to Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge

  • July 31, 2018

Thanks to a grant from the Laura Hare Charitable Trust, Sycamore Land Trust has added two parcels totalling 74 acres to the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge. Sycamore purchased the properties from two different sellers in April 2018 using a grant from the Hare Trust, and transferred them to the refuge in July. The larger […]

Monarch Environmental Education Endowment

  • June 13, 2018

by Ann Connors, Development Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. Why are our favorite memories so often about being outdoors? There’s something about playing, hiking, and relaxing […]

Stewardship Report

  • June 13, 2018

by Chris Fox, Land Stewardship Manager This article originally appeared in the summer 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see […]

Land Protection Update

  • June 7, 2018

by John Lawrence, Assistant Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. Bigger is better for nature preserves. And in the first four months of 2018, Sycamore completed four […]

Fossil Fun

  • June 7, 2018

by Shayna Steingard, SPEA Communications Fellow This article originally appeared in the summer 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. When you think about it, many of us spent our childhoods dreaming of growing up and […]

The Native Plant Project

  • June 7, 2018

By Abby Henkel, Communications Director, and Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director This article originally appeared in the summer 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. “Life finds a way.” – Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park Dr. […]

Tick season? No problem.

  • May 15, 2018

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director Anyone else feel like 2018 has gone from the Long Night (a la Game of Thrones) right into summer? Suddenly we’re basking in the heat of the summer sun, which I love, but along with that come ticks galore and poison ivy creeping along the forest path and up my […]

Sycamore and US Forest Service ad 14 acres to Hoosier National Forest

  • May 8, 2018

April 22, 2018 contact: Abby Henkel, Communications Director, Sycamore Land Trust abby@sycamorelandtrust.org, 812-336-5382 ext. 101 In a collaborative effort, Sycamore Land Trust and the United States Forest Service recently added 14 acres in Monroe County to the expansive Hoosier National Forest (HNF). Fourteen acres might seem like a drop in the bucket when considering the […]

In Memory

  • April 24, 2018

Herbert “Herb” W. Hoover Herbert Wyle Hoover, a proud Hoosier, father, and Columbus, Indiana native, recently passed away on March 12, 2018 at age 59. Herb, as his friends and family called him, was a lifelong lover of nature and a passionate member of Sycamore Land Trust. His great work in conservation will always be […]

Hiking with Dogs

  • April 10, 2018

There’s nothing like enjoying the great outdoors with a good hike, and nothing makes it better than with our best friends — dogs. They appreciate the experience of meandering through the woods as much as us we do, but in order to make it safe and enjoyable for everyone, please be sure you keep our […]

Join Team Sycamore in the 2018 Climate Ride

  • March 12, 2018

by Tom Zeller, Sycamore member and former board member When embarking on the challenge of the Climate Ride in 2015, I knew it would be a challenge but also fun. Turns out I overestimated the challenges, both physical and fundraising, and waaay underestimated how much fun the ride would be. For one thing, Team Sycamore […]

Stewardship Update

  • February 27, 2018

By Chris Fox, Land Stewardship Manager This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. What do we mean when we talk about land stewardship? Generally defined, it’s the conducting, supervising, […]

Ancient Trees

  • February 27, 2018

By Christian Freitag, Executive Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. “Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” – Coach Wooden […]

Maple on the Menu

  • February 27, 2018

By Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. The sound of melting snow in the gutter of my home, the drip…drip…drip of icicles, the […]

Environmental Resilience

  • February 27, 2018

By Ann Connors, Development Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. As part of its Grand Challenges Program, IU Bloomington recently launched the Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) to […]

Monarchs’ Magnificent Migration

  • February 27, 2018

By Chris Fox, Land Stewardship Manager, and Abby Henkel, Communications Director This article originally appeared in the winter/spring 2018 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. Many Sycamore supporters are concerned about the collapse of bee populations […]

Black Environmentalists Who Inspire Us

  • February 26, 2018

by Keegan Fessenden, Spring Intern Our health is unquestionably linked to the health of our natural environment. Throughout America’s history, the health of the poorest minority communities has disproportionately been affected by pollution and the poisoning of our land. In honor of Black History Month, Sycamore would like to show its appreciation for the great […]

What is Environmental Justice?

  • February 26, 2018

by Keegan Fessenden, Spring Intern Environmental justice (EJ) “is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.” Historically, people of color in America have been disproportionately affected by environmental issues like landfill […]

Alcoa donates Evansville wetland property to Sycamore Land Trust

  • January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018 Alcoa has donated 80 acres of wetland habitat in Evansville, IN, to Sycamore Land Trust for permanent protection. The land contains a rare bald cypress grove and excellent habitat for wildlife, and expands the amount of protected land Sycamore holds in Vanderburgh County. This wetland property is located near, but not adjacent […]

Sycamore to permanently protect old-growth forest at Hoot Woods

  • December 14, 2017

A stand of towering old-growth trees in Owen County will soon be protected forever by Sycamore Land Trust. Hoot Woods, which has been in the Hoot family since they emigrated from Germany in 1860, is home to an old-growth beech-maple climax forest. The family is donating 80 acres from their original 160-acre homestead to Sycamore […]

Last-minute gift ideas for nature lovers

  • December 14, 2017

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director I love showering my family and friends with gifts, but to be honest, I haven’t finished all my shopping yet (I hope my mom isn’t reading this). If you’re like me, you want to get each person the perfect gift. And hopefully you’re lucky to be surrounded by people who […]

5 Reasons to Support Sycamore this December

  • December 4, 2017

by Abby Henkel, Communications Director and tree admirer We all have our own reasons for being a part of land conservation, but I’ve been thinking a lot about what would speak to people who are ready to make a difference, but don’t know where their donations will have the biggest bang for their buck. These […]

Saving Whooping Crane Habitat

  • October 26, 2017

By Lizzie Condon, Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator for the International Crane Foundation This article originally appeared in the fall 2017 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. The story of the whooping cranes’ brush with extinction and […]

Nature’s Potential

  • October 5, 2017

By Shayna Steingard, SPEA Communications Fellow This article originally appeared in the fall 2017 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. The highest slots on my environmental bucket list are filled with goals to see oldgrowth forests […]

Philanthropy in the Classroom

  • October 5, 2017

By Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director This article originally appeared in the fall 2017 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. Not too long ago, I visited a school with a club that was raising money to […]

From the Assistant Director: More land, more responsibility

  • October 5, 2017

By John Lawrence, Assistant Director This article originally appeared in the fall 2017 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. It’s hard to believe how much Sycamore Land Trust has grown since I joined the staff eleven […]

Brilliant Fall Hues: Where they come from and where to see them

  • October 5, 2017

By Abby Henkel, Communications Director This article originally appeared in the fall 2017 issue of The Twig, our 24-page member newsletter. To read more from this issue, click here. To become a member and receive The Twig in the mail, become a member. Note: The print version of this article is especially beautiful, so I invite you to check it […]

The Peace of Wild Things

  • October 2, 2017

I woke up this morning, turned on NPR on my way to feed my dog and make coffee as usual, and was immediately stricken with news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Like all of us, my heart went out to the victims, survivors, and their families. And all the people who have experienced […]

Media Coverage

  • September 25, 2017

Below you’ll find a list of media coverage of Sycamore, including new preserves and trails, environmental education, events, wildlife, and more. If you are a member of the media looking for information, an interview, or photos, please contact Abby Henkel, Communications Director, at abby@sycamorelandtrust.org or 812-336-5382 ext. 101. For the latest updates on everything related to Sycamore […]

Planned Giving

  • September 25, 2017

Thank you for considering a planned gift! When you designate Sycamore Land Trust as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, you create a living legacy that will help protect the beautiful and unique landscapes of southern Indiana for the enjoyment of future generations. To honor those who have made this special commitment, we […]

Preserve Your Land

  • September 25, 2017

Perhaps no asset bears as heavily on one’s heart, wallet, or legacy as land. Sycamore Land Trust helps landowners ensure that their land will be managed according to their wishes long after they’re gone. We are always moved by the passion and generosity of landowners who choose to protect their land forever with Sycamore land […]

Beanblossom Bottoms designated a Wetland of Distinction

  • September 11, 2017

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve, Sycamore’s 598-acre wooded swamp and wetland preserve in Monroe County, was recently designated as a Wetland of Distinction by the Society of Wetland Scientists. The Society of Wetland Scientists, a 3,500-member international society devoted to support and encourage sound wetland science, education, management, and stewardship, launched the Wetlands of Distinction initiative […]

Sycamore wins Grand Bloomie award

  • August 24, 2017

We were so honored to be awarded with the Grand Bloomie award for ad design at Bloom Magazine’s 11th Anniversary Gala on August 10th! It was a privilege to stand among so many other great businesses and their beautiful ad designs. Thanks to the attendees for voting for our ad design! What a fun event […]

Dandelion Smoothie

  • August 17, 2017

By Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director One doesn’t need to take a woodland hike to forage. Wild edibles are everywhere. All through your lawn, the neighborhood park, and the cracks of your driveway. This winter I watched as my neighbor’s brother walked bent over through their yard with a small shovel. I could not see […]

Why we want you to join

  • August 15, 2017

Sycamore Land Trust is a membership-based organization, and there’s a really good reason for that. Land conservation takes the whole community — lots of communities — working together to protect something we all believe in. Each of us alone couldn’t protect thousands of acres forever, but if we each pitch in a little, we can […]

Sycamore Land Trust purchases 115 acres to restore along Beanblossom Creek

  • June 15, 2017

For immediate release June 15, 2017 Contact: Abby Henkel, Communications Director, Sycamore Land Trust abby@sycamorelandtrust.org, 812-336-5382 ext. 101 Bloomington, Ind. – Sycamore Land Trust recently purchased two properties totaling 115 acres near Beanblossom Creek in Monroe County, part of the Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area, one of only five such designated areas in the state. […]