Barrett was a strong advocate and supporter of Little River Wetlands Project (which has restored and owns and manages Eagle Marsh and other property southwest of Fort Wayne) and was a founding member of ACRES. An attorney, he wrote Indiana’s Nature Preserves Act, which has been used to protect more than 41,000 acres of natural land in the state to date. He donated land to ACRES that is now the 124-acre Barrett Oak Hill Nature Preserve.
Both organizations announced they will place the bequests they received into endowment funds for use to maintain their preserves in perpetuity. ■