Editor’s note from Carol Roberts, ACRES Quarterly editor and board vice president: Tom was my friend, neighbor, mentor in the natural world. I cared more about nature after seeing it more closely through his eyes. He fought passionately and persevered to protect the Indiana Dunes, Wyoming’s Red Desert…his beloved Cedar Creek. While Tom’s vision was far-reaching, he always paid attention to what was actually in front of him, grounding him and us in the reality of here and now.
Tom Dustin’s observations compress 40 years of wildlife viewing from the home he and Jane built high over Cedar Creek. His comments (first published in the summer 1998 Quarterly) originally accompanied scientific documentation on land the Dustins later donated to ACRES; their home became ACRES’ office. I know Tom and Jane would rejoice in today’s returning wildlife, a return hastened, in part, by ACRES’ work in the Cedar Creek watershed. Wildlife habitat and biodiversity will continue to increase with future ACRES land acquisitions.
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