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 six 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 2700 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.
First Annual Meeting – May, 2000
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