About NICHES Land Trust

Together we're protecting a 'niche here' and a 'niche there' to preserve the wonderful biodiversity in west-central Indiana. 

Responsible conservation happens through collaboration.
how we serve
Our mission is to protect, restore and sustain 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.

NICHES serves the following counties:
  • Benton
  • Carroll
  • Cass
  • Clinton
  • Fountain
  • Howard
  • Jasper
  • Montgomery
  • Newton
  • Pulaski
  • Tippecanoe
  • Warren
  • White

NICHES Land Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization protecting west-central Indiana's native ecosystems and connecting people to nature.

The support of people, foundations and businesses that care about their surroundings is what makes NICHES possible. We do not receive support via taxes from the county, state or federal government.

what we believe
Native Plants and Animals
Native Plants and Animals
The Northern Indiana landscape is home to ecosystems of native plants and animals should be protected.

The study of our natural resources contributes to our understanding and appreciation of the lands and waters.
Public Access and Private Landowners
Public Access and Private Landowners
Access to and connection with natural areas and open space improves the quality of people’s lives. People in our region should be able to live among sustainable, healthy, attractive landscapes.

Private landowners have an important role to play in helping to provide larger ecological and social benefits for the local community.
Stewardship and Sustainability
Stewardship and Sustainability
Fostering an ethic of stewardship for the land and water is an important step to achieving lasting protection of native plants and animals.

The long-term viability of our organization is a critical to achieving our vision so that future generations can enjoy the same quality natural experiences as we do today.

Meet the Staff


Gus Nyberg

Executive Director

Justin Harmeson

Justin Harmeson

Land Steward

bob easter

Bob Easter

Stewardship Manager

Sam Cody

Sam Cody

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Julie Rubsam

Judy Rubsam

Deputy Director

Brett Swann

Brett Swann

Administrative Manager

Why land conservation is important:

Think about all the beauty around us, and what if that were gone? What if the people who come after us didn’t get the chance to walk in the woods, to see the stream, to look at different colors of leaves and flowers? It’s something we have to watch out for. We must protect it.

There are organizations that don’t define conservation like NICHES does. NICHES does it right: they think about always and forever. 

Conservation should be about always and forever.

-- Denise Laussade, Treasurer

Meet the Board

Wes Crawford

William Arthur

Jason Rakoczy

Denise Laussade



Tabb Adams

Jarred Brooke

John Graveel

Trent Hanthorn

Cecelia Harper

Amanda Ingram

Mike Jenkins

Bill McFee

Mike Murr

Roger Scott