Control Burn is an effective management tool for maintaining healthy, diverse native ecosystems

Control Burn is an effective management tool for maintaining healthy, diverse native ecosystems

NICHES Believes That:

  • The Northern Indiana landscape is home to ecosystems of native plants and animals that should be protected.
  • Access and connection with natural areas and open space improves the quality of people’s lives. People in our region should be able to live among sustainable, healthy, attractive landscapes.
  • Private landowners have an important role to play in helping to provide larger ecological and social benefits for the local community.
  • Fostering an ethic of stewardship for the land and water is an important step to achieving lasting protection of native plants and animals.
  • The study of our natural resources of our region contributes to our understanding and appreciation of the lands and waters.
  • The long term viability of our Organization is a critical component to being able to achieve our vision so that future generations can enjoy the same quality natural experiences as today.

NICHES Vision for the Future

(NICHES Strategic Plan Summary)

NICHES’ long-term vision:

  • Our region is a place where there are large connected areas of terrestrial and acquatic habitat which sustainable populations of native species thrive;
  • Local communities are integrated into ecologically sustainable, aesthetically appealing landscapes offering many opportunities for enjoyment of natural areas and open space;
  • Local communities have found ways to minimize negative human impacts on local ecological processes and take advantage of local environmental resources in a sustainable manner thereby improving region’s quality of life;
  • Multiple and diverse stakeholders from local communities are engaged in protection, restoration and stewardship of the landscape in an open and participatory manner.

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NICHES Land Trust History



NICHES Land Trust
1782 N 400 E
Lafayette, IN 47905

Gus Nyberg, Executive Director
Brooke Criswell, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Bob Easter, Stewardship Manager
Brad Weigel, Stewardship Manager

Dan Towery, President
Linda Prokopy, Vice President
Linda Anderson, Secretary
Bill McFee, Treasurer
Bill Arthur
John Burns
Tom Busch
Don Franzmeier
Nancy Grenard
Bonnie Maxwell
Shirley McDonnell
Guillermo Pardillo
Jason Rakoczy
Leigh Raymond
Pauline Shen
Matt Washburn