Thirty-five acres of Shelby County agricultural land came under protection this year, right next to the venerated old growth forest of Meltzer Woods. The Land Trust purchased the property from the Spalding family, descendants of the forest’s original champion, Brady Meltzer. The land had been in the family since 1857. Continue reading
Dr. E. Lucy Braun, whose pioneering work in forest ecology paved the way for today’s conservationists, stepped out of history to greet attendees of our Spirit and Place Festival hike. The old growth forest of Meltzer Woods offered a stunning backdrop for her comments as she looked back at the past 100 years. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Before he owns the Pacers, Steve Simon’s love of nature draws him to another organization
From the IndyStar front page, August 10, 2020
Brought up in a family of commercial real estate gurus who built massive malls and shopping centers, Steve Simon never fell for the glitzy hype of steel and concrete.
Instead, he was the Simon who’d sling on a backpack, take a jaunt to New Zealand and hike for weeks at a time. Continue reading
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June 25, 2020
A $600,000 grant resulting from a legal settlement equips the Central Indiana Land Trust Inc. (CILTI) to add to the properties it protects in Johnson and Shelby counties. Continue reading
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February 6, 2020
Unique hanging garden to attract butterflies at White River Bluffs nature preserve
The Central Indiana Land Trust Inc. (CILTI) has closed on its final purchase of land from Highland Golf and Country Club, which means the land-conservation organization can proceed with plans to open White River Bluffs Nature Preserve in 2021.
In Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2020 State of the State address, he announced plans to have the Indiana Department of Natural Resources plant a million trees over the next five years. We applaud this investment and join him in the vision of increasing Indiana’s forested land.