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Sycamore Land Trust Gives Conservation Awards at Annual Celebration

November 8, 2012

Executive Director of Sycamore Land Trust Christian Freitag presents Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Bill McCoy with the Barbara J. Restle Lifetime Conservation Award on November 2, 2012. Photo courtesy of Sycamore Land Trust.
Executive Director of Sycamore Land Trust Christian Freitag presents Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Bill McCoy with the Barbara J. Restle Lifetime Conservation Award on November 2, 2012. Photo courtesy of Sycamore Land Trust.

Sycamore Land Trust recently recognized the career-long efforts of one of our own at their Annual Celebration and Membership Meeting on November 2, 2012 in Bloomington, Ind.

The Barbara J. Restle Lifetime Conservation Award was given to Bill McCoy, in recognition of his conservation efforts in Indiana. McCoy has been the manager of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge near Oakland City, Ind. since it was established in 1994 and has worked tirelessly to build and protect some of the most significant wetland habitat in the state of Indiana. This year, McCoy forged a pioneering partnership with Sycamore Land Trust and other partners to add the 1,043-acre Columbia Mine property, which is home to bobcats and river otters, to the refuge.

Founded in 1990, Sycamore Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization that helps private landowners protect their important natural areas and family farms across 26 counties in southern Indiana. The organization has increased the number of acres it has helped protect from 500 to nearly 8,000 in the last decade. Sycamore Land Trust helps to conserve land by acquiring it through donation or purchase or by holding conservation easements for private landowners who then continue to own and manage the land.

Learn more about Sycamore Land Trust, visit: http://www.sycamorelandtrust.org

Learn more about Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, visit: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/patoka_river/

 

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Last updated: November 4, 2013