ACRES Land Trust, Indiana’s oldest and largest local land trust, is a member-based nonprofit protecting natural places and working land in the tristate area forever.
To date, ACRES protects over 7,000 acres on more than 100 properties, offering more than 50 trail systems to inspire you to participate in their preservation.
ACRES protects our local working land and natural areas – forever.
Together with our members, we help families and communities protect their important places.
- ACRES serves the community’s and local landowners’ needs to keep a portion of their natural areas natural.
- ACRES preserves significant natural areas: forests, wetlands, native grasslands, unique geologic formations, and habitat for plants and animals including rare, threatened and endangered species.
- ACRES also protects working land: farmland, managed forests, and property that donors wish to protect for other uses.
Our mission is to protect local land. Forever.
In support of our mission, ACRES:
- acquires and owns land: working land, forests, wetlands, native grasslands, unique geologic formations and habitat for rare, threatened and endangered species.
- manages land with a priority on protecting natural resources and minimizing human impact.
- actively manages non-native invasive plants to re-establish or establish our native plants.
- promotes the knowledge and appreciation of natural areas as living systems to which you belong.
- educates communities about the importance of natural areas and their preservation.
- encourages preserve use, provides trails and offers guides on natural areas’ trail systems.
- develops scientific, educational and public recreation use of natural areas.
- strategically collaborates with and encourages other organizations and individuals to partner in and promote our mission.
- celebrates the success of our members in protecting our local places.
- a growing awareness of people’s place within and responsibility to the natural world.
- the intrinsic and diverse benefits of natural places and the life they sustain.
- individuals’, families’ and communities’ compelling desire to preserve our local land.
- owning and managing land as a means to protect it.
- a long-term perspective in planning, decision-making and acting on behalf of future generations.