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For the first time in its 55 year history, ACRES Land Trust will temporarily close a nature preserve. This week ACRES announced that the Little Cedar Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Huntertown will be closed due to an infestation of a threatening species of grass.

Fort Wayne Nature Preserve Offers Rare Sights

Sep 15, 2015

Spring Lake Woods and Bog opened to the public this weekend. The trail on the northwest side of Fort Wayne is close to the city’s only natural lake. It includes a natural bog and plant life rare to this part of the country.

Changing Weather Means Tapping into a Sweet Season

Mar 26, 2015
Courtesy / ACRES Land Trust

When late winter and early spring come around, it means just one thing for those at the sugar bush stands scattered across Northeast Indiana: it’s syrup season.

The tradition of tapping sugar maple trees for their sweet sap predates the European arrival in North America, and while some of the technology has changed, the process remains largely the same (and the product completely delicious).

But it takes a lot of work – and a lot of help from the trees and the weather – to turn the natural energy stored in maples into the syrups and candies you’ll find on store shelves.

ACRES Receives Surprise $1 Million Gift

Mar 12, 2015
Courtesy / Steve Linsenmayer

ACRES Land Trust announced this week it received a surprise gift of one million dollars from the estate of a Fort Wayne man.

The trust was founded in 1960 with a mission to acquire land to create nature preserves.

The bequest comes from the estate of Robert E. Pence, a former tool maker, computer technician, and lifelong nature enthusiast. Pence died in 2012.