Phil Meltzer

In Tribute: A Conservation Champion

Indiana lost a great champion of conservation last month when Philip Meltzer of Shelbyville died at age 94. Mr. Meltzer was the driving force behind the protection of one of the state’s last unprotected old growth forests—now a state-dedicated nature preserve.

Since it opened to the public in 2016, Meltzer Woods has enchanted nature-lovers of all ages. As the heart and soul of that awe-inspiring place, Mr. Meltzer will be remembered for his foresight and generosity.

Cliff Chapman, our executive director, says, “Our thoughts are with the Meltzer family in their loss. Phil Meltzer was a great friend to CILTI and a wonderful man. We will miss him, and will always be grateful for the trust he put in our organization when it came to his beloved woods.”

Shawndra Miller

Communications Specialist

Shawndra is in charge of sharing our story and connecting you to our work. Through our print and online materials, she hopes to inspire your participation in protecting special places for future generations.