Success Stories

Discover the inspiring success stories of protecting land and water in the Indian River Lakes region. These stories highlight the power of land conservation and the impact it has on our environment and our communities.

Every nature preserve starts with a person or a few people that have a dream to see their special places protected forever. We’re eternally grateful to those who support the vision of a sustainable future where nature, wildlife, and humanity coexist in harmony.

purple flower waterside
A Legacy of Love for the Land
With over 3 miles of trails with access to the Indian River
Doris N. (née Blum) and Norman H. Baker cherished the property now known as the Baker Woods Preserve for over four decades. This pristine wilderness, alongside its 1890s farmhouse, served as their cherished retreat from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
worm's eye view of the Red Lake
Saving a special place for all to enjoy
Marilyn Neulieb and her husband Robert shared their passion for the outdoors and for photography and, over the years, they spent many hours enjoying the views and wildlife, especially loons, on their property along Red Lake.
Three people working on trails
Heidi Sourwine
One family's land preservation is a symbol of hope
A place of memories that continually sprouts gifts
Pat Ferrone was just 9 years old when she started visiting Black Lake in the summers, spending time helping with gardens, rowing in flat bottom boats that her aunt and uncle had fashioned, and picking blackberries on the hill near her aunt and uncle's camp.
a view of Butterfield Lake from the deck
A Community Comes Together
A vision to preserve habitat and place for solace
In 2014, Elliot and Marjorie Hillback made a pivotal decision that would forever alter the landscape of the Indian River Lakes region. Their generous donation of 51 acres of pristine wilderness laid the groundwork for what is now known as the Redwood Hill Preserve—a testament to their commitment to environmental stewardship and community enrichment.