20 years ago people in our community met over their concern that important natural lands were being lost. They didn’t just talk about the problem or post on social media about it, they worked hard to find a solution to protect the land.
We gathered at Minnetrista, the original meeting place, last month to celebrate, reflect, and recognize the many people who made the work of Red-tail a reality. Red-tail’s founder and first executive director, Barry Banks, was the driving force behind the land trust moving from an idea to an dynamic land trust. With the help of many, Red-tail has now protected over 2,700 acres, created 15 nature preserves, recorded 19 conservation easements, protected over 10 miles of rivers and streams, and connected thousands of people to nature.
The celebration also provided an opportunity to build on this success as plan for the future. An initial draft of the strategic plan to protect land and a stakeholder survey were presented. Using digital mapping, a priority scoring system, and surveys of community members, Red-tail will work to find and protect critical wetlands, woods, and wildlife corridors.
It is important to take time to celebrate accomplishments. The reflection is important to show gratitude for the many people, business, and foundations who made the work possible. If you couldn’t make the party last month please check out the slide show below from the past 20 years, download a copy of the new Nature Trail Guide, showcasing our public preserves. https://fortheland.org/land/
Because of people like you, conservation in east-central Indiana has a bright future.