Sycamore Land Trust

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Sycamore Land Trust


Now Hiring: part-time Nature Preserve Monitors

Sycamore is hiring for two part-time positions monitoring a popular nature preserve on weekends through October. The individuals must have great customer service skills, an understanding of Sycamore’s mission, and the ability to track visitation data. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled. See the job description and details.

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 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 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   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, 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]

Acquisition adds rare grasslands to Patoka River refuge

March 9, 2016 – Another highly desirable piece of land has been added to the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, one of just three national wildlife refuges in the state. Sycamore Land Trust secured funding from the Laura Hare Charitable Trust to enable the refuge to purchase this 108-acre property. The property has been named the Laura Hare Tract in gratitude to their commitment to protecting important natural areas like…  [Read More]

Newest preserve shines with potential

October 6, 2015 – In its third largest acquisition ever, Sycamore Land Trust has purchased 339 acres with over a mile of frontage along Beanblossom Creek in northwest Monroe County. This preserve will be named in honor of the Sam Shine Foundation, which helped make the purchase possible. Support from Sycamore members was also essential. This preserve protects an ecologically important area, provides a home for threatened and endangered species,…  [Read More]

New Development Director joins Sycamore’s team

September 23, 2015 – Bloomington native Ann Connors has joined Sycamore Land Trust as the conservation organization’s new Development Director. Ann grew up in Bloomington, attended the University of Illinois, and lived and worked in New York, Europe, West Africa, and Chicago. She moved back to Bloomington in 2014 while working as Senior Development Officer for Panthera, an organization that works to protect the big cats (including jaguars, lions, tigers,…  [Read More]

Family’s Brown County getaway now a Sycamore preserve

June 23, 2015 – Brown County is home to Sycamore Land Trust’s newest nature preserve, the Stafford Family Preserve. Donated by Jon Stafford and his family, these 46 acres of beautiful woods and open fields are adjacent to Brown County State Park. By protecting this natural area, which shares a border with Indiana’s largest state park, wildlife like songbirds and Eastern box turtles will benefit from the expanded area of…  [Read More]

Fix-Stoelting Preserve is a legacy for father and son

June 1, 2015 – The second property acquired as part of the Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area is now complete! The Fix-Stoelting Preserve is 31 acres at the corner of Mt. Tabor and Bottom Roads in Monroe County. Beanblossom Creek flows past the land, which also features bottomland woods, a field, and a tall wooded knob. The preserve’s name honors the family of the land donors, Julie and Kent Stoelting,…  [Read More]

Oxbow Preserve protects gateway to Bloomington

May 25, 2015 – The scenic entryway to Bloomington along North State Road 37 Business is now permanently protected by Sycamore Land Trust. The 31-acre piece of land at the junction of Business 37 and IN-37 features an oxbow of Beanblossom Creek and its floodplain. “It’s the first thing you see when you come into town. It’s an iconic vista,” says the land donor, Skip Van Cel. Called “Oxbow Preserve,”…  [Read More]