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

Funding for Land Stewardship comes from the City’s annual operating budget as well as through fees assessed as part of the city’s stormwater program. We also work with grant funds from a variety of organizations and private donors.

Across 39 properties, the Office of Land Stewardship cares for more than 1,500 acres of park natural areas, green infrastructure installations that filter stormwater runoff, and easements.

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 Foundation 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 and completed continuing education graduate studies at IUPUI in remote sensing to supplement his knowledge of ecological restoration programming which he has applied over the past 22 years.

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.

Jacob Brinkman, Ecologist
Jacob assists with ecological restoration planning, field work, and natural resource management duties. He graduated from IU’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs 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 worked as a Naturalist at Eagle Creek Park as well as for The Nature Conservancy, IDEM, and for a private consulting company.

Partners

Our partners include Purdue University, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), Butler University, and the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society.

​ We also work closely with Eco Logic, a Bloomington-based ecological restoration company, on the restoration and maintenance of our properties.

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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​​