Our stewardship manager, Jamison Hutchins, recently took a walk through Nonie Werbe Krauss Nature Preserve while speaking with Freya Berntson. Freya’s podcast, Midwestoration, profiles people working in the conservation field.
During their conversation, Jamison described the rewards of working for Central Indiana Land Trust. Working outdoors—and with a great team—is part of it. The sheer variety of tasks is also a draw.
Also high on the list: He likes being able to see an immediate impact. Whether planting saplings, maintaining trails or beating back invasive plants, there’s something tangible at the end of the day. It’s rewarding to see the fruits of his labor in real-time—and many of those results will only be more impactful in the decades to come, as with our Million Tree Initiative.
Especially given the multiple crises facing the planet, Jamison appreciates the hands-on aspect of the work.
“I’m not out here thinking that I’m going to save the world…by the work we do, but it’s kind of like doing what I can, where I can,” he says. “It’s like the old saying, ‘It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.’”
“All the work we do, whatever land we protect, by law it’s protected forever. That’s a powerful … thing to know that the work you’re doing is forever.”
To listen in on the full conversation (and find other great audio profiles from the conservation field), go here.