What We Do

We are a land trust: a nonprofit group that conserves natural areas. We believe that acquiring and protecting forests, farms, meadows, wetlands, and other greenspace is important to retaining the quality of life in southeast Indiana.

Butterfly on Coneflower500Oak Heritage Conservancy (OHC) protects land in perpetuity by outright purchase or by accepting donations, bequests or conservation easements.  Conservation easements are legal agreements where a landowner retains ownership of a property, but gives up specific rights, usually the right to subdivide and develop, ensuring long-term protection of the land. You can contact us to learn more about protecting your land, or read about conservation right here on our website.


Mission
To preserve, protect, and conserve land and water resources that have special natural, agricultural, scenic, or cultural significance. OHC will strive to educate the public about the critical importance of honoring land, water, and local culture. We will help private landowners personally protect their land so future generations can enjoy the rural landscapes of southeastern Indiana.

Stewardship
As landowners and easement holders of over 700 acres, OHC strives to be good stewards.  We carry out basic activities such as controlling invasive plants, removing trash, and maintaining boundaries. We also complete natural resource inventories with the help of state and federal experts. These inventories help us understand the needs of each property. Sometimes we plant trees to reestablish forests or build trails to make the property more accessible to the public. Often, we leave properties alone to grow and develop naturally.

History and Future

OHC formed in 2002, in cooperation with Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D. Since then, we have worked with landowners to conserve over 700 acres in southeast Indiana. We have been a totally volunteer-run organization for thirteen years. In 2015, we hired our first employee. We are working hard to increase our conservation and outreach efforts.