The Central Indiana Land Trust Inc. has received a $1 million gift from Leonard and Kathryn Betley and their family. The nonprofit says the gift will support reforestation, tree planting and land protection, and will establish an endowment for the Hills of Gold Conservation Area in southern Johnson County.
The CILTI says it currently protects 700 acres in the southwest Johnson County area. Additionally, Glacier’s End Nature Preserve near Trafalgar will be renamed Betley Woods at Glacier’s End.
“CILTI is honored to receive this gift from the Betley family,” said Cliff Chapman, executive director of the Central Indiana Land Trust. “Their generosity and civic engagement have long been a guiding light to people who care about Central Indiana, and this gift ensures that their legacy will, literally, grow.”
Leonard Betley is a retired managing partner of the Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller. Betley formerly served as chief executive officer of The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, the Walter Cancer Foundation and the Regenstrief Institute and Foundation.
Betley Woods is part of the Hills of Gold Conservation Area, one of the most biodiverse forested areas in Indiana. The region is home to rare species, including state-endangered timid sedge, federally endangered Indiana and Northern long-eared bats, red-shouldered hawk, hooded warbler and worm-eating warbler.