Founded by a small group of citizens concerned with conservation of natural areas, NICHES protects, restores and sustains Northern Indiana’s ecosystems by providing habitat for native species and offering natural places for the education, appreciation and enjoyment of current and future generations.’
The above mission directs NICHES daily activities and long term vision. With the help of dedicated volunteers and generous donors, NICHES provides public access to high quality natural areas, acquires land for conservation, and stewards the land once acquired.
An elected volunteer Board of Directors, individuals with a variety of professional backgrounds and experiences oversees and supports NICHES Land Trust operations and management.
NICHES Board of Directors includes various committees necessary to organizational operation and management.
Governance Committee – Chair Dan Towery
Governance oversees the governing of NICHES Land Trust ensuring NICHES follows existing by-laws and oversees any amendments or changes to by-laws, policies and practices.
Finance Committee – Chair Bill McFee
Finance oversees financial management and matters, ensuring transparent, accurate, and efficient money management.
Development Committee – Chair John Burns
Development oversees fund-raising and membership development.
Acquisition Committee – Chair Matt Washburn
Acquisition oversee the acquiring of new property ensuring that lands acquired meet the mission of NICHES Land Trust and that adequate funds are available for long-term stewardship of the property.
Stewardship Committee – Chair Guillermo Pardillo
Stewardship oversees land management direction and considerations and work directly with NICHES Stewardship Managers.
Education and Outreach Committee (EOC) – Chair Linda Anderson
EOC oversees education and outreach efforts ensuring NICHES is achieving long-term goals and the mission. EOC works directly with NICHES Education and Outreach Coordinator.