- County: Monroe
- Acres: 464
- Years acquired: 2015, 2018
- Features: extensive creek frontage, bottomland habitat, fields of native plants
- Acquired with gifts from: Sam Shine Foundation, Mike Edgeworth, Benton Stidd, the Bicentennial Nature Trust, and Sycamore members
Sam Shine Foundation Preserve
When purchased in 2015, this preserve was Sycamore’s third largest acquisition ever: 339 acres (more than half a square mile). Additions purchased in 2018 have increased the property’s size to 464 acres. The preserve has over a mile of frontage along Beanblossom Creek and is in a prime location to restore habitat for bald eagles and other wildlife.
The preserve is named in thanks for the Sam Shine Foundation’s gift of $1 million towards land purchases in Sycamore’s Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area. This generous grant was crucial to the Beanblossom Creek project, which has allowed Sycamore to preserve over 850 more acres along the creek since 2015.