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Happy Earth Day! (Plus: The 9th Iconic Preserve to Visit)

A letter from our executive director

We hope you’ve enjoyed this series of nine off-the-beaten-path preserves. The final featured place and a recap are below, but we also wanted to step back, this Earth Day, to talk about the big picture of land protection. Continue reading

Cliff Chapman

Executive Director

As CILTI’s Executive Director, Cliff keeps CILTI’s focus on good science and stewardship. He’s mindful that the natural places you love took thousands of years to evolve and could be destroyed in a single day, and that knowledge drives his dedication to their protection.
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Nine Days. Nine Iconic Preserves.

A letter from our executive director

Our hearts go out to all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We at CILTI want to provide you with useful content that may raise your spirits. One constant in the midst of uncertainty is nature, which offers a healthy way to lose yourself for a while. Continue reading

Cliff Chapman

Executive Director

As CILTI’s Executive Director, Cliff keeps CILTI’s focus on good science and stewardship. He’s mindful that the natural places you love took thousands of years to evolve and could be destroyed in a single day, and that knowledge drives his dedication to their protection.
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How You Can Help Nature.

A letter from our executive director

As we make our way through this uncertain time, we at CILTI are keeping all of our members, supporters, volunteers and friends in our thoughts. We send all good wishes your way for safety and health, and that of your loved ones. Continue reading

Cliff Chapman

Executive Director

As CILTI’s Executive Director, Cliff keeps CILTI’s focus on good science and stewardship. He’s mindful that the natural places you love took thousands of years to evolve and could be destroyed in a single day, and that knowledge drives his dedication to their protection.
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Nature is Not Closed

A letter from our executive director

As you may have guessed, we are cancelling our upcoming events. But we’re here to remind you, during this difficult time, that nature isn’t closed. Even though travel has been restricted in many places across Central Indiana, we can take notice of nature right where we live. Continue reading

Cliff Chapman

Executive Director

As CILTI’s Executive Director, Cliff keeps CILTI’s focus on good science and stewardship. He’s mindful that the natural places you love took thousands of years to evolve and could be destroyed in a single day, and that knowledge drives his dedication to their protection.
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Land Trust closes deal to buy final 3.1 acres from Highland Country Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

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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.
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A Million Trees, Times Two

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.

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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.
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Share the Love

Dec. 11, 2019

Do you love your local land trust? Here’s an easy way to share your love of CILTI this holiday season: Give the nature-lovers on your shopping list a gift membership.

It’s an exciting time to join, because we are gearing up for our 30th anniversary in 2020. Not only do we have our sights set on some key land protection projects, we’ll be (re)introducing our members to many of our special places throughout the year, and inviting everyone to a 30th anniversary gala as well.

We’ll send your loved one a welcome packet with a recent newsletter and some nifty Central Indiana Land Trust swag. We’ll tell them who gave them the gift membership so they can be sure to direct some love back your way!

Gift memberships are $35, and the recipient will enjoy full membership with the Central Indiana Land Trust for one year, including our newsletter and invitations to special member events all year long.

To give a gift membership online, click here. In the comments section, please make sure to include the name, address, e-mail and phone number of the person you wish to receive a membership. Questions? Contact Stacy at scachules@conservingindiana.org or 317-441-0535.

(Our “I <3 CILTI” stickers were created via StickerMule, where anyone can create their own custom stickers.)

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.
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Our WFYI Sponsorship

We sponsor WFYI, our local PBS station, so you may see this blurb at the beginning of nature-related programming when you tune in.

Work underway to open Oliver’s Woods Nature Preserve by fall 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2019

Improvements will allow Hoosiers to more easily connect with the woods and White River.

After years of planning and fundraising, the Central Indiana Land Trust (CILTI) has launched a $765,000 improvement project that will open Oliver’s Woods to the public in the fall of 2020.

A 54-acre nature preserve located in the bustling Keystone at the Crossing area, Oliver’s Woods is bordered to the north by I-465, to the south and east by the White River, and to the west by River Road. Visitors will find a mix of settings: woods with earthen walking trails, frontage along the White River, a filled gravel pit that’s now home to mountain biking trails, and a former homesite that includes mowed areas. The property is bisected by Carmel Creek, which feeds into the White River.

CILTI’s work at Oliver’s Woods has a two-pronged approach: improvements to benefit plants and animals, and improvements to connect Hoosiers to nature.

To enhance the environment for plants and animals, CILTI has to date planted more than 2,400 trees and spent more than $100,000 to restore the banks of the White River on the property. Because the river banks were eroding due to the influx of invasive species, CILTI has enlisted the help of approximately 1,700 volunteers to remove invasive plants in Oliver’s Woods.

Infrastructure improvements that will allow Hoosiers to more easily connect with the woods include:

  • Building a canoe launch from the property to the White River for paddlers who bring canoes (rentals will not be available at Oliver’s Woods)
  • Placing slabs of sandstone in Carmel Creek to allow for foot traffic across the creek when the water is low enough
  • Creating a campfire discussion circle with seating for up to 75 schoolchildren
  • Installing a small gravel parking lot to accommodate visitor parking and school buses
  • Erecting a pole barn for storage
  • Adding a traffic signal at the entrance to improve visitor safety

“The cool thing about Oliver’s Woods is its location in the midst of offices, stores and a busy interstate,” said Cliff Chapman, executive director of CILTI. “You don’t expect to experience nature and the diversity of plants, animals and terrains that exist at Oliver’s Woods in such a densely developed area.”

With a full-time stewardship staff person and support team, along with a growing stewardship endowment, CILTI will care for Oliver’s Woods in perpetuity.

Funding for the project came from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Central Indiana Community Foundation, PK Partners, The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, and members of the Central Indiana Land Trust.

The land was once a farm owned by Oliver Daugherty, who bequeathed it to CILTI.

Part of Oliver’s Woods east of Carmel Creek is managed by Indy Parks as Town Run Trail Park. The western side is managed by the Central Indiana Land Trust. Mountain biking will continue to be restricted to the east side of the property.

About the Central Indiana Land Trust
CILTI preserves the best of Central Indiana’s natural areas, protecting plants and animals, so Hoosiers can experience the wonder of the state’s natural heritage. Since it was created in 1990, CILTI has protected more than 5,400 acres of land that meet science-based criteria for conservation value. More information at www.ConservingIndiana.org.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Schmits Thomas, jen@jtprinc.com, 317-441-2487

INTERVIEW SOURCE: Cliff Chapman, Executive Director, Central Indiana Land Trust, 317-525-3329

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.