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Land Trust a Balance Between Conservation and Control

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    Photo: Joshua Levering/ WFIU

    A creek cuts through the lower parts of the valley.

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    Headstones mark the graves of early settlers on the property.

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    Herb Hoover donated the property to the Sycamore Land Trust and spoke of the land's history during a trail tour.

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    Old farm buildings at the edge of the property.

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    Young trees cover the top of the ridge. Older trees in this area are susceptible to high winds and often fall during heavy storms.

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    Herb Hoover stokes the fire in his cabin.

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    View of a pond from the back deck of the cabin.

Land trusts, non-profit organizations that buy or protect land from development, have amassed millions of acres across the country over the past few decades, including thousands of acres in southern Indiana. The land’s to remain untouched in perpetuity, or “forever,” something that’s legally binding. But what exactly does “forever” mean? WFIU’s Daniel Robison reports.

Daniel Robison

Daniel started as WFIU's Assistant News Director in July 2008. He graduated with a B.A. in history in 2007 and earned an M.A. in journalism two years later. Daniel hosts Ask the Mayor weekly and the occasional Noon Edition. He also hosts Morning Edition on Thursdays, sleepily. Daniel's beats include everything News Director Stan Jastrzebski wants him to cover. And it feels strange to type biography of myself in the third person like this. So that's that.

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