On February 22, 2017, Shirley Heinze Land Trust was awarded the Seal of Accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission. The Commission, an independent body of the Land Trust Alliance, awards accreditation to land trusts that meet standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that their conservation efforts are permanent. This achievement places us among the elite land conservation organizations in the country.
“It is exciting to recognize Shirley Heinze Land Trust with this distinction,” says Tammara Van Ryn, Executive Director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes that Shirley Heinze Land Trust has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”
The recognition didn't come without the shedding of a little blood, sweat, and tears.
It’s hard to believe that the year has passed so quickly, but here we are, almost at the end of 2014. As the year comes to an end, it’s time to gather to celebrate and give thanks.
Shirley Heinze Land Trust has a lot to celebrate this year, and none of it would have been possible without your support.
Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s mission is twofold: to protect habitats and ecosystems through acquisition, restoration, and protection of natural landscapes, and to educate people of all ages about the value of land conservation. We fulfill that mission in a variety of ways, including through public events like our guided nature walks and volunteer workdays.
We hope you will be attending our formal guided hike this Saturday, September 13. We will be hearing from Indiana University PhD Candidate Jonathon Bauer about soil bacteria, fungi, and other organisms in prairies and their importance to prairie restoration. The cost is $25 per person. Please check out the event page for more details.
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On Sunday, April, 28th, Shirley Heinze Land Trust hosted its first Open House at its new location, Meadowbrook. The Open House was a huge success with around 150 people who attended!
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Shirley Heinze Land Trust's New office at Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Preserve
This is how each desk, chair, book case, file folder, box, pen, paper, etc made its way to Meadowbrook
This is what the Shirley Heinze Land Trust's Barker House office looked like February 28, 2013. Staff and volunteers boxed up all of the paper work, maps, book cases, bird books, and printer paper to make about two or three trips from Michigan City to Valparaiso Indiana. There were about seven vehicles involved in today's move.
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