Tom & Jane Dustin built a legacy from this…
Their persistence and determination saved natural places in Indiana and across the nation.
The Dustins helped launch ACRES Land Trust.
Inspired by the budding environmental movement, Fort Wayne advertising manager Tom Dustin, his wife Jane, and ten others pooled $5 each to establish the nonprofit ACRES Land Trust in 1960. For 32 years, Jane Dustin led ACRES, then an all-volunteer organization, the oldest and largest land trust in Indiana.
ACRES safeguards natural areas forever.
In 1961, the fledgling ACRES Land Trust acquired its first property, the Edna W. Spurgeon Reserve. Today, ACRES protects hundreds of forests, streams, fields and natural features as well as working land in our region.
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