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Schedule

Each year Red-tail Land Conservancy provides
programs, activities, and events that are in
alignment with our mission. Help us expand
the awareness of our natural heritage.

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a group tour or event

Mary-Miller-Woods

Remaining

They are unprotected, and they are disappearing.
You look at open, undeveloped space and
wonder, "Will it be gone before the next
generation gets to see it?"

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natural areas

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Explore

Red-tail protects over 2500 acres of natural areas
and farm land in east central Indiana. Many of
these areas are open to the public offering nature
trails and wildlife viewing opportunities.

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our nature trails

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Forever

The Red-tail Land Conservancy plans for
a future where the natural beauty of
east central Indiana still exists.

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for The Land

Preserve

We continue to find high quality natural areas and working lands worthy of preserving for future generations.

Protect

We offer landowners numerous conservation options with which they can protect their land from future development.

Restore

We plant native trees and eradicate acres of aggressive, non-native species in order to maintain wildlife habitat in east central Indiana.

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Our Team

Barry Banks

Barry Banks

Founder and Executive Director
Barry Banks is the Founder and Executive Director for Red-tail Land Conservancy. Barry is passionately dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring natural areas and farm land, while standing ready to participate in any activity that advances land conservation in his homeland.
Micayla Jones

Micayla Jones

Assistant Director
Micayla Jones is the Assistant Director for Red-tail Land Conservancy. Her passion is wildlife conservation and learning about natural systems.
Julie Borgmann

Julie Borgmann

Education & Outreach Coordinator
Julie Borgmann is the education and outreach coordinator for Red-tail Land Conservancy. Her passion is connecting people to nature for conservation and wellbeing.
Arrick Garringer

Arrick Garringer

Marketing & Development
Arrick Garringer is the Marketing and Development Consultant for Red-tail Land Conservancy. His passion is leveraging his skills and talents to grow the organization.
Ben Melbert

Ben Melbert

Intern
Ben Melbert is our Intern from Ball State University, studying natural resources and sustainability. His passion is improving the quality of the natural environment.

Our History

From left to right: front row--Hunter Banks; middle row--Brian Gordy, Barry Banks, Helen Steussy, Diana Torke; back row--Ron Bonham, Dennis Pickens, Hugh Brown, Amy Kress, Charles Mortensen, Sheryl Myers, Timothy McBride, and Ron Gyure.
From left to right: front row–Hunter Banks; middle row–Brian Gordy, Barry Banks, Helen Steussy, Diana Torke; back row–Ron Bonham, Dennis Pickens, Hugh Brown, Amy Kress, Charles Mortensen, Sheryl Myers, Timothy McBride, and Ron Gyure.

Red-tail Land Conservancy preserves, protects, and restores natural areas and farm land in east central Indiana while increasing awareness of our natural heritage. Focused on this mission in five counties in east central Indiana, the not-for-profit land trust has grown steadily since its inception in 1999 when a public meeting held at Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie attracted 87 people.

Funded entirely by private contributions from individuals, business, and foundations, RLC hired a full-time Executive Director and recorded its first conservation easement in July, 2000. In its first decade, Red-tail Land Conservancy has provided land conservation options to individual landowners and partnered with local governments in restoration projects while engaging students and adult volunteers in land stewardship activities and education.

As a result, over 2600 acres of natural areas and farm land are permanently protected, and Red-tail Land Conservancy receives growing support and recognition for its role in improving east central Indiana.

Supported in part by:

Ball Brothers Foundation
George and Frances Ball Foundation
The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware Co., Inc.
Henry County Community Foundation
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