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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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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

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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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

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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