Photo of Girls, Inc. girls at Blossom Hollow, by Mary Ellen Lennon

Many Hikes and Miles: Educator Grateful for CILTI Places and Programs

We thank Marion University professor Mary Ellen Lennon for this guest post.

As an educator, I have enjoyed the use of Central Indiana Land Trust resources and properties for student programming. I could not be more pleased to speak of the organization’s mission to students. And as a budding naturalist raising two young conservation ecologists, I eagerly scan my email in search of the next invitation to a public hike or talk sponsored by the land trust. Continue reading

Mary Ellen Lennon

Guest Blogger

Mary Ellen Lennon is assistant professor of history at Marion University.
American badger

Saving Habitat for Endangered and Threatened Species

Part of a series on CILTI’s conservation targets by guest blogger Ed Pope

Some of Central Indiana’s core conservation areas contain plant or animal species that are endangered or threatened, either statewide or nationally: Continue reading

Ed Pope

Guest Blogger

Ed Pope is a retired engineer from Rolls-Royce and a CILTI member since 2002.
Meltzer Woods

Land Trust buys 35 acres, will plant 20,000 trees to expand Meltzer Woods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 7, 2020

The Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc. (CILTI) is expanding the 60-acre Meltzer Woods Nature Preserve in Shelbyville by buying an adjacent 35-acre agricultural field, where it will plant more than 20,000 trees. The purchase totaled approximately $260,000 and was made possible through CILTI’s Evergreen Fund for Nature and members of the Land Trust. A portion of funds provided came from American Electric Power (AEP), Indiana Michigan Power’s parent company, under a legal settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, eight states, and 13 citizen groups. Continue reading

Jen Schmits Thomas

Media Relations

An award-winning communicator and recognized leader in Central Indiana’s public relations community, Jen helps us tell our story in the media. She is the founder of JTPR, which she and her husband John Thomas own together.
Eastern Box Turtle

Declining Eastern Box Turtles Benefit from Tree Plantings

Creating future habitat for Eastern box turtles and many other species, we kicked off our million tree initiative this year. We’ve pledged to plant one million trees over the coming years in strategic sites, linking up hundreds of acres of fragmented land to benefit sensitive wildlife. Our tree-planting efforts so far buffer Meltzer Woods, Glacier’s End, Mossy Point and Wallace F. Holladay Preserve. Continue reading

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.
Rogersville Prairie grass seed head

Tallgrass Prairie: Remnants of an Earlier Age

Part of a series on CILTI’s conservation targets by guest blogger Ed Pope

Most Hoosiers think of the Great Plains when they hear the word prairie.  Actually, about 13% of Indiana was prairie prior to the arrival of Europeans, mostly in the northwest part of the state. Continue reading

Ed Pope

Guest Blogger

Ed Pope is a retired engineer from Rolls-Royce and a CILTI member since 2002.
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. Continue reading

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.
Kettle pond, Parke County

Unique Geologic Features in Central Indiana

Part of a series on CILTI’s conservation targets by guest blogger Ed Pope

Since most of Central Indiana is relatively flat, it doesn’t contain many canyons, waterfalls or spectacular rock formations. This makes those that exist, such as Mossy Point‘s striking sandstone bluffs, all the more precious.

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Ed Pope

Guest Blogger

Ed Pope is a retired engineer from Rolls-Royce and a CILTI member since 2002.
Black-throated green warbler

Nature Moments Bring Relief During Stay-at-Home Order

Guest post by Curt DeVoe, Board President

A longer version of this story first appeared in the June issue of Urban Times.

On March 10, 2020, a day at work in my office was capped by a CILTI Board of Directors meeting a few doors down. The next day, as a friend of mine likes to say, the world changed, and it turned out to be the last time I went to the Old Northside of Indy for a long time. Most of that change has not been good, but I have really enjoyed one aspect of my new life in sequestration. And that’s nature. Continue reading

Curt DeVoe

Board President

Board president Curt DeVoe, Senior Counsel at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, has spent much of his life in and around the woods, streams and reservoirs of Central Indiana. Along with his wife, Lynn, he looks for a "nature moment" each day that kindles appreciation of the natural world.
Meltzer Woods photo by Dick Miller

What is an Old Growth Forest?

Part of a series on CILTI’s conservation targets by guest blogger Ed Pope

Old growth forests are forests that have not been disturbed for at least 150 years. While they have some exceptionally large trees, there will also be many younger trees. When one of the giants falls, it opens up a hole in the canopy that younger trees will try to fill. Continue reading

Ed Pope

Guest Blogger

Ed Pope is a retired engineer from Rolls-Royce and a CILTI member since 2002.
Photo by Dick Miller

Steve Simon’s love of nature draws him to CILTI

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

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.