Dear Sycamore friends,
This has been another year of important accomplishments and growth for Sycamore’s work, made possible as always by your wonderful support. Along with completing more strategic land protection projects, we also made exciting strides in caring for the natural areas that we are responsible for protecting for forever.
The restoration work completed at our Fix-Stoelting Preserve on Beanblossom Creek is the most involved and comprehensive project Sycamore has undertaken so far. It has included wetland construction; native tree, shrub, and herbaceous plantings; and ongoing invasive plant control. This is the first time we’ve done earth-moving to create wetland areas. Another first was enhancing the new wetlands with herbaceous plants from our new Native Plant Nursery.
Expanding Sycamore’s land stewardship efforts and increasing the number of acres we care for requires more capacity. Sycamore was excited to create a new full-time Land Steward position this year and welcome Daniel Layton to our team. Reporting to our full-time Land Stewardship Director, Chris Fox, Daniel is putting his botany skills to good use as he cares for our preserves. We have also been able to utilize more volunteer interns and seasonal part-time staff, and hosted our first McKinney Climate Fellow devoted to land stewardship, in partnership with Indiana University’s Environmental Resiliency Institute.
All of Sycamore’s continuing efforts in land protection, natural areas management, and environmental education is made possible by the support of caring people like you. Thank you so much for all you do to enable this important work in southern Indiana.
Yours in nature,
Download our 2022 Impact Report to see how your donations were put to work last year. Thank you for being a part of this success! Truly, we couldn’t do it without you.
For over 30 years, Sycamore Land Trust has been preserving land, restoring habitat, and connecting people to nature in southern Indiana. With sincere gratitude, we thank all of our donors for your generous investment in our work. See a complete list of 2022 donors here.
Thank you from the staff and board of Sycamore Land Trust for being a part of this success.
Cover photo: Sam Shine Foundation Preserve in the morning, photo by Nate Engbrecht
Graphic design: Studio Loupe, heyloupe.com
Editor: Kate Hammel