Category Archives: Habitat Management

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day 2017!

The air is warmer, the sky is brighter and the birds are singing which means it’s that time of year again – Earth Day! Save Maumee is holding an event to commemorate Earth Day 2017 at Heatherwood Park April 21st, 22nd and 23rd which are this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Their goal is to plant 1,100 trees along the Maumee over the course of the weekend, but they need our help! If you would like to help plant some trees, join Save Maumee to restore some natural spaces to original glory. For more information, click the link below.

Earth Days 2017

 

Job Opening in Little River Wetlands Project

Little River Wetlands Project

Job Description for Seasonal Property Steward

Minimum Qualifications

 Bachelor degree or enrolled into a program studying environmental science, natural resource management, or related subject preferred;

 Familiarity with Indiana’s natural communities of plants and animals is desirable;

 Experience using outdoor power equipment or ability to learn

 Ability to carry out multiple tasks in an independent and unstructured work setting;

 Ability to lift 50 pounds or more;

 Ability to hike uneven terrain for 1- 3 miles a day with up to 30lbs on back;

 Preferred: Currently certified in CPR and First Aid;

 Preferred: Pesticide Applicators License from Indiana State Chemist.

Job Duties

 Use of herbicide to control invasive plant species using backpack and power sprayers;

 Mechanical removal of invasive species: Mowing, pruning, etc.;

 Use of GPS unit to collect data, other data collection and data management;

 Assist with planting native trees, plants, and seeds;

 Direct volunteers and lead stewardship events, as needed;

 Follow all proper safety procedures;

 Supervised by Director of Preserves and Programs, works on-site with Property Steward;

 Other duties as assigned.

Compensation

 $8 – $10 per hour, no benefits

Parameters of the Seasonal Property Steward

Type: Part time (20 hours/week on average), Professional, Seasonal (April – November)

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30am-2:30pm; flexible to accommodate weather and weekend events

Pay Basis: Hourly

Education requirements: College degree preferred

Working Conditions: Outdoors, uneven terrain, all weather conditions

Travel: Limited

Submit resume by March 24 to: Betsy Yankowiak, Director of Preserves and Programs at b.yankowiak@lrwp.org.

Hill strengthens ACRES Land Trust’s growing preserves

Acres-21In support of ACRES Land Trust’s success toward doubling its pace of land acquisition, the membership-based nonprofit has hired Evan Hill to fill a new position as Land Management Specialist. Hill, a Purdue University Wildlife graduate, strengthens ACRES’ promise to protect land for future generations by caring for its growing acreage of land.

 

“I help preserve land by ensuring its overall health,” said Hill, a Noble County native. Hill’s work is motivated by “meeting land donors on their properties, seeing how much joy they get out of being there, knowing it’s protected, in good hands.”

As part of ACRES’ land management team, Hill will mark boundaries, fight invasive species, maintain more than 70 miles of trails and manage summer land management interns and contractors.

ACRES’ newly created position is a result of recent phenomenal growth, largely attributed to the organization’s use of Indiana’s Bicentennial Nature Trust. The $30 million matching fund, launched in 2012, offered groups like ACRES up to half the appraised value of property to preserve land in celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial.

“Our success in acquiring land requires that we increase our management efforts,” said Jason Kissel, executive director of the member-based nonprofit. “Protecting land forever starts on the day we acquire a property, and it is each day after when the promise for future generations is realized.”

Hill brings both education and experience to ACRES. While an undergraduate at Purdue, he spent two summers as an ACRES land management intern in a program funded by the Olive B. Cole Foundation to aid in talent retention in northeast Indiana.

Upon graduation, Hill left the area to serve the Division of Wildlife in Colorado, as a short-term habitat technician. He returned to Indiana and has performed contractual land management work for ACRES, supervising the summer land management program.

“Evan helps ensure the properties are protected, well maintained, and increasing in overall health,” said Kissel. “Forever is not just the future; Evan helps ACRES ensure protection of its properties for future generations – daily.”

Together with its members, ACRES preserves 5,985 acres of significant natural area in northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan for future generations. Explore more than 70 miles of trails for hiking, photography, birding, wellness, family and school visits, and adventure. Connect with ACRES Land Trust at 260-637-2273, acreslandtrust.org or on Facebook at ACRES.LT.