NICHES Land Trust buys its 43rd protected property

Niches Land Trust added 86 acres of land to its already thousands of protected acres.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 12:55 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Niches Land Trust added 86 acres of land to its already thousands of protected acres.

It's a nonprofit organization that acquires land and restores it back to its native ecosystem.

Niches' newest purchase will be known as Williams Woods in Warren County.

This is all thanks the Williams family.

"Our properties are within west central Indiana and we have a 13 county radius," said Nyssa Lilovich.

That radius now includes 3,592 acres of protected land.

With help from the Roy Whistler Foundation and a conservation trust, Niches bought the property almost free of invasive wildlife.

"Making sure that there are no invasives is a really impactful aspect of what our organization does," said Lilovich. "Invasive means that it's going to grow and destroy everything else out there. It doesn't allow anything else to grow in this area."

The new area on the west side of Warren County is majority woodlands with various types of grasses and spring species.

The communication director says adding land is what makes her job rewarding.

"Getting people outside, enjoying the properties, learning how to be respectful and appreciate nature, that's something that we're passionate about," said Lilovich. "That's why we do what we do."

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