By: Kallie Sulanke—
Muncie, IN– The Land Conservation Fund project has secured more than 300 acres of land in East Central Indiana. The fund was created to preserve and protect important conservation and recreation areas throughout Delaware County or those owned by Delaware County organizations. A partnership between The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc., Ball Brother’s Foundation, and the George and Frances Ball Foundation formed the fund in 2013. The fund provides the local matching money required for the Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust grants to purchase conservation land.
This year, Red-tail Land Conservancy received $155,000 from the Land Conservation Fund to support the purchase of Reber Woods, a 30-acre parcel of land entirely within the city limits of Muncie. The project protects woodland and wetlands, and will create a contiguous native forest with an inviting hiking trail to serve the community. The total project cost is $196,450. Red-tail Land Conservancy was awarded $40,000 from the newly named Benjamin Harrison Nature Trust to support the project.
Through its ownership by Red-tail Land Conservancy, the property is now protected and conserved. While it is not yet open to the public, plans indicate that it will be in the future.
The Land Conservation Fund supports the work of the Indiana Benjamin Harrison Nature Trust and is just one of the ways that The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County is helping to preserve and conserve land in and around Delaware County. The more than 300 acres secured in East Central Indiana will provide a lasting legacy for future generations.
For more information on The Land Conservation Fund, visit The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County website at www.cfmdin.org or contact Kelly K. Shrock, President, at 765-747-7181.
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