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Monday, April 15, 2019 3:30 pm

ACRES acquires 23-acre preserve in Huntington

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

More land along the Wabash River in Huntington County is now protected through ACRES Land Trust, the organization announced today.

Acquisition of the 23-acre Philip and Jean Ross Preserve brings the total acreage protected in Huntington to 372 acres, ACRES said. The nonprofit protects 7,094 acres in the tri-state area.

"With donor support, our pace of land acquisition in Huntington has gained momentum," Executive Director Jason Kissel said in a statement. "It's beneficial to keep adding to the total of protected lands in this Wabash River corridor. This place has incredible value that ACRES will preserve for future generations."

Jean Ross described her and her late husband, Philip, as conservationists. They knew two of the land trust's founders, Tom and Jane Dustin.

"Phil and I were active environmentalists," Ross said in a statement. "The Dustins were gracious enough to teach and we learned. We were relentless. We fought the water treatment plant for clean water in Huntington. We spoke before legislators. It's been quite a ride."

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