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Land trust hits 5,000 acres with Blue Cast Springs

Statement as issued Friday by ACRES Land Trust:

Huntertown, IN, October 18, 2013 – ACRES Land Trust is pleased to announce the grand opening and dedication ceremony of Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve near Woodburn, Indiana. Both naturally and historically significant, Blue Cast Springs is home to ACRES 5,000th preserved acre. This 88-acre nature preserve features 3,000 feet of Maumee River frontage, a nesting area for Great Blue Herons, mature trees and wildflowers, and a natural spring.

“We are very pleased that Blue Cast Springs was the property containing the 5,000th acre,” stated Jason Kissel, executive director of ACRES. “Not only were we able to preserve a significant natural area, but it is most fitting having this milestone occur in Allen County where ACRES began in 1960.”

Water from the spring was bottled, carbonated and sold. It became fairly popular, and was marketed internationally from 1913 until 1955. Additionally, a sanitarium was constructed and opened for business in 1913, but only the footprint of the foundation remains.

Partners and funding for the acquisition of this property include the Bicentennial Nature Trust, Indiana Heritage Trust, Indiana Department of Nature Preserves, the Mary C. and Perry F. Spencer Foundation, the Seudhoff Memorial Trust, and numerous private individuals.

We welcome the public to join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. to celebrate Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve.

Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve, 21412 Bluecast Road, Woodburn, IN 46797

Founded in 1960, ACRES Land Trust is dedicated to preserving significant natural areas in northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. ACRES offers these natural areas for free public uses such as hiking, environmental education, scientific and cultural study, events, and general enjoyment. ACRES is a membership-based organization supported by people who value nature and like to see it protected.

Supporters have enabled ACRES to acquire over 5,000 acres within 86 nature preserves.

For more information, please contact ACRES Land Trust at 260-637-2273 or visit their website at www.acreslandtrust.org.

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