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Sycamore to permanently protect old-growth forest at Hoot Woods

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 Land Trust. The deal will be complete by the end of 2017. The Hoot family…  [Read More]

Beanblossom Bottoms designated a Wetland of Distinction

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 to raise public awareness of wetlands and their many benefits to human health and the…  [Read More]

Sycamore wins Grand Bloomie award

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 at the Indiana Memorial Union.     The photo was taken at our Columbia Mine…  [Read More]

Membership Promotion welcomes new members for half the price

A membership to Sycamore Land Trust demonstrates your commitment to the environment, connects you to hundreds of other supporters, and brings you great benefits including free admission to our outdoor events; our 24-page print newsletter, The Twig; and a car window decal demonstrating your support for Sycamore. Because we’re so excited to welcome you to the Sycamore community, we’re offering a special promotion: through August 31, 2017, you can join for just $20! That saves you $20 off the regular price, and starts…  [Read More]

Sycamore Land Trust purchases 115 acres to restore along Beanblossom Creek

For immediate release June 15, 2017 Contact: Abby Perfetti, 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. This acquisition adds valuable uplands to a critical area of wetlands and bottomland hardwood forest,…  [Read More]

Sycamore to receive donation from Lucky’s Market

For immediate release May 19, 2017 Contact Abby Perfetti, Communications Director Sycamore Land Trust 812-336-5382 ext 101 abby@sycamorelandtrust.org   Lucky’s Market announces three nonprofits to be funded by shoppers’ donations Bloomington, Ind. – Lucky’s Market in Bloomington has announced the three local nonprofits that will be recipients of Bags for Change, the grocery store’s program that raises funds for local causes. The three recipients are Sycamore Land Trust, Habitat for…  [Read More]

New Sycamore shirts for sale at JL Waters

We have a brand new t-shirt for sale at JL Waters! All the proceeds support Sycamore Land Trust. The shirt design features a great horned owl with the names of Sycamore’s most popular nature preserves hand-lettered by local designer Danielle Lucas. The soft, heather green t-shirt was printed by Underground Printing and is just the right combination of sturdy and comfy. See it for yourself at JL Waters on the square…  [Read More]

Sycamore Land Trust welcomes new Administrative Director and board member

February 6, 2017 Sycamore Land Trust is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Administrative Director, Susan Haislip. She joined Sycamore’s five other full-time staff in October of 2016, after more than a decade as the Director of Operations and Finance at Wesselman Nature Society in Evansville. A veteran of the US Army, Haislip served as the HQ Battalion Logistical Officer at Ft. Meade, Maryland. As the Administrative Director…  [Read More]

Winter sowing bee at Fish Creek Preserve

By Gillian Harris This article originally appeared in The Herald-Times on Saturday, January 7, 2017 and is reprinted here with permission from the author. On a frigid Friday in December, folks have gathered at Myriam Wood’s Fish Creek Preserve to start the plants of future springs and summers. It is the annual winter seed-sowing at Myriam’s home-away-from-Bloomington, a property adjacent to Owen-Putnam State Forest, and now placed in a conservation…  [Read More]

Sycamore Land Trust opens new preserve on Lake Monroe

By Carol Kugler This article was originally published in The Herald-Times on December 5, 2016 Visitors to Sycamore Land Trust’s newest preserve will discover scenic views of Lake Monroe from a trail along a wooded ridge down to the water. The 48-acre Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve opens to visitors Monday. An eight-vehicle parking lot is ready for hikers, bird watchers and others who want to walk through the hardwood…  [Read More]

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 abby@sycamorelandtrust.org 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 abby@sycamorelandtrust.org 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 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 abby@sycamorelandtrust.org   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]

Land acquisition adds migratory songbird habitat to Scarlet Oak Woods

Contact: Abby Perfetti, Communications Director, Sycamore Land Trust abby@sycamorelandtrust.org, 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]

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]