ACRES Land Trust recently accepted ownership of its 80th nature preserve, the D & J Eel River Nature Preserve, in an environmentally sensitive area southwest of Huntertown, a news release said.
In December, longtime landowner Judy Schroff donated the 21 acres to ACRES knowing her husband, David Schroff, who died in 2009, would be as much at peace with the decision as she is, the news release said.
“I guess it starts back in April 1967 when my husband and I bought that woods,” she said in the news release. “We wanted to make sure it was never developed. We always wanted it to be so we could see the deer and the squirrels and the fox back there. We bought it because we loved it. We really enjoyed the woods.”
After his death, she said, she remembered how he would have liked the woods to always be left the way it was. She contacted ACRES last year about donating the property.
The new preserve, which currently is closed to the public, includes forest and wetlands and is within the headwaters of the Eel River in northwest Allen County, the news release said.
“This gift of land is a real asset to the area,” Jason Kissel, ACRES executive director, said in the news release. “It preserves habitat for plants and animals and improves the water quality of the Eel River.”
ACRES is the oldest and largest land trust in Indiana, the news release said. Most ACRES nature preserves are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk, free of charge.
For more information about ACRES, visit www.acreslandtrust.org or call 637-2273.