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Within the City of Indianapolis, the Office of Land Stewardship is housed under the Department of Public Works and partners  with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Funding for Land Stewardship comes from the City’s annual operating budget, the stormwater fund, and through grant funds from a variety of organizations and private donors.

Across 37 properties, the Office of Land Stewardship manages nearly 1,700 acres of park natural areas and green infrastructure installations which filter stormwater runoff.

Our work helps preserve critical wildlife habitat, provide passive recreation opportunities, protect air quality, and address stormwater issues. We are a regional leader in protecting natural areas and helped Indianapolis become a National Wildlife Federation Top 10 City for Wildlife in 2015.

Mission

Land Stewardship protects and manages natural habitats for people, wildlife, clean air, and clean water.

Who We Are


Don Miller, Land Stewardship Manager
Don oversees the restoration of park and greenway lands. He has a degree in Park Administration from Indiana State University. He also completed continuing education graduate studies at IUPUI in remote sensing. Don has more than 22 years of experience in ecological restoration and was instrumental in reintroducing the state-endangered Kirtland's snake to Eagle Creek Park.

Brenda Howard, Senior Ecologist
Brenda leads natural resource management duties, writes conservation management plans, manages office data through GIS applications, and tracks the office budget. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a minor in geography and an environmental concentration. Brenda has worked in ecological restoration since 2004 and was key in implementing the deer management program at Eagle Creek Park.

Jacob Brinkman, Ecologist
Jacob assists with ecological restoration planning, field work, and natural resource management duties. He graduated from Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) in 2004, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs with a major in Environmental Management. He also received a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management from Purdue University in 2015. Jacob has more than 15 years of experience in the environmental field, including education, restoration, and scientific data collection.

Partners

Our partners include Purdue University, IUPUI, Butler University, and the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society. 
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Infographics Contact Us ​
  • Indianapolis Office of Land Stewardship
    1200 S Madison Ave
    Suite 200
    Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • Don Miller, Land Stewardship Manager:
    don.miller@indy.gov
    (317) 327-7416​​
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