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

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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.
Bald eagle

Mossy Point, Blossom Hollow Additions Now State-Dedicated

The Natural Resources Commission has approved additions to two of our nature preserves, declaring the extensions state-dedicated. The decision adds a total of more than 65 acres of protected land to the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Blossom Hollow in Johnson County and the Mossy Point Nature Preserve in Parke County.

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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.
Eastern box turtle

Social Distancing in Nature

An update on our COVID-19 response

We are working to keep our nature preserves open so you can continue to take solace in nature! Just like this Eastern box turtle, whose habitat we are restoring with many of our nature preserves, we all need a bit of space. Because of COVID-19, that has become a real factor in planning activities, including outdoor adventures.

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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.
Beech leaves at Burnett Woods, photo by Dick Miller

Evergreen Fund for Nature Launches

We are thrilled to announce that, as of last fall, CILTI has initiated a revolving fund for land protection in Central Indiana. CILTI’s Evergreen Fund for Nature lets us move swiftly when land projects arise. Rather than fundraise on a project-by-project basis, we can act more nimbly with this revolving fund keeping cash at the ready. Continue reading

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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.

CILTI to Receive US Fish & Wildlife Service Funding

Press Release from Indiana DNR

Central Indiana Land Trust has been approved for funding from the Community Hunting Access Program (CHAP), which is designed to increase hunting access and reduce conflicts with white-tailed deer. Continue reading

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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.
Photo by Greg Hess

Nature is for Everyone

by Cliff Chapman
Executive Director, Central Indiana Land Trust

The summer between high school and college, a buddy and I decided to take a road trip from Indianapolis to Bloomington, where we planned to grab some interesting food and take a walk around the IU campus. About halfway there, I noticed the gas gauge getting close to “E,” so I asked him if he wanted a snack since I needed to pull off and fill up. Continue reading

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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.
Narrow leaved blue eyed grass

Double Your Impact

Thanks to a matching challenge grant from a generous donor, all contributions will be doubled during our spring and summer membership campaign. In honor of our 30th anniversary year, the Herbert Simon Family Foundation will match all gifts up to $30,000. Continue reading

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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.
Fire Pink at Blossom Hollow. Photo by Karen Wade

Shelby, Johnson county areas benefit from environmental settlement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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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.
Carpenter bee

True Resilience

A letter from our executive director

Nature teaches us that biodiversity is key to thriving, that differences create strength. And wisdom assures us that nature is not only “out there” but also “in here”: Human variability in all its forms serves as a source of strength.

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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.

Land Trust plants first of 1 million trees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2020

This week the Central Indiana Land Trust Inc. (CILTI) is planting 15,000 trees in Johnson and Parke counties. These are the first of CILTI’s 1 million trees being planted in Central Indiana and in addition to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s commitment to planting 1 million trees in the state over the next five years.

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Jon

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.