The Muncie-based Land Conservation Fund has awarded $155,000 to the Red-tail Land Conservancy to help protect and serve a 30-acre parcel of land in the Delaware County city. The fund says the effort will help protect woodland and wetlands within Reber Woods, which will ultimately open to the public.
The conservancy, also based in Muncie, is using the funds in addition to a $40,000 grant from the Benjamin Harrison Nature Trust to not only acquire the property, but also create a contiguous native forest with a hiking trail for the community.
The Land Conservation Fund is a partnership among the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County Inc., the Ball Brother’s Foundation, and the George and Francis Ball Foundation. It provides local matching money required by the Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust grants to acquire conservation lands.
The fund has helped secure more than 300 acres of land in east central Indiana for conservation to date.