Land trust gets land along Cedar Creek, looks for more funds

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The ACRES Land Trust is looking for $97,000 after using funds to protect a new piece of property.

Development has been booming on the north side of Fort Wayne. Also happening is an effort to save some of that land that has yet to be touched.

“I get a sense of peace, which is hard when you live in the city and you’re stuck inside four walls all day,” Megan Cooper said. “It’s nice, just for that refresher.”

On a cool, but sunny Saturday, Megan Cooper and Danielle Creech explore Bicentennial Woods. It’s part of the ACRES land trust.

“It’s the wild that nothing really got to,” Cooper explained. “You can see what actually grows here, what actually lives here. That’s what I’ve always seen it as. The land trust does a great job of keeping that intact.”

That land trust is now overseeing the protection of the largest natural feature stretching Allen and DeKalb Counties, Cedar Creek.

According to the the people with ACRES, the corridor that winds through the counties was appraised at three million dollars. A grant from Indiana’s Bicentennial Nature Trust helped make the purchase happen.

That land will soon be restored from farm to forest.

“If we don’t maintain that interaction with our planet, chances are, we’re going to care a lot less about it,” Danielle Creech said.

The latest 193 acres acquired by the trust, brings the total to more than 7,000 acres protected. Those acres include preserves, giving people like Megan and Danielle a chance to connect with nature.

“It’s just a way for people who don’t have a lot of experience with nature and may not understand why it’s important to preserve it, to get in touch with it and interact with it in a way that isn’t threatening,” Creech added.

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