Fort Wayne native and professional photographer Robert Pence donated $1 million to ACRES Land Trust when he passed away in 2012. The trust, which protects natural habitat throughout the region, now has an endowment of over $3 million.
Pence requested the sum be unrestricted- meaning ACRES can use it however they like. The organization has decided to use the money for their goal of long-term land protection. According to one ACRES representative, Lettie Haver, “when we protect land, we’re doing it forever”.
Check out the full story.
For more info on ACRES Land Trust, click here.
The Fort Wayne riverfront development project recently received a boost in funding. The Foellinger Foundation offered $225,000 towards riverfront project undertakings. The grant is part of a larger plan, in which the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment will provide matching funds of 50 cents per dollar if outside donors collectively raise $2 million.
Read more about the funding process, including how you can provide support.
Conservationists are thrilled to hear that a major grant by the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has been awarded to Indiana and Michigan state organizations. Together with several local groups, the states will collaborate to improve water quality and wildlife habitat in the St. Joseph River watershed. The partnership project will use innovate conservation techniques to reduce excess sediment and nutrients in the river and optimize ground water use. The project, totaling 6.8 million, will offer farmers financial and technical assistance to access these tools to improve infiltration and river habitat quality.
To learn more see the original stories:
Hoosier AG Today