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Sycamore Land Trust


Beanblossom Bottoms to close July 9 for trail work

July 2, 2018 Sycamore Land Trust is excited to announce that the popular boardwalk trail at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve will be undergoing a renovation soon, after 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 featuring durable, plastic decking material that will last significantly longer than the current…  [Read More]

Sycamore adds 84 acres to Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

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 protected species. The area has been a priority for Sycamore Land Trust since our first…  [Read More]

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

April 22, 2018 contact: Abby Henkel, Communications Director, Sycamore Land Trust, 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 entire HNF covers more than 204,000 acres. But this hilly parcel of hardwood forest located…  [Read More]

Round Up for Sycamore this February at Bloomingfoods

For the month of February, you can round up your total to the nearest dollar at Bloomingfoods and they’ll donate the extra change to Sycamore. You might think 20 cents here and there doesn’t make a difference — but last year, Bloomingfoods shoppers raised $8,124.99 for Sycamore! To participate, simply ask your cashier to Round Up every time you check out at any Bloomingfoods location. Thanks for your support!

Alcoa donates Evansville wetland property to Sycamore Land Trust

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 to, Sycamore’s Eagle Slough Natural Area. Eagle Slough is 127 of wonderful wetland and bottomland…  [Read More]

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, 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   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]