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Temporary State Park Closings November 2017

November 6, 2017 1 comment
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Spring Mill State Park is one of the parks affected by this announcement.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

DNR Press Release

Multiple state park properties to close temporarily for deer reductions

Select Indiana state park properties will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.

The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 27-28, 2017.

The state parks affected are Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon and Trine State Recreation Area, Potato Creek, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill and Cave River Valley Natural Area, Tippecanoe River, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial.

These properties will close to the general public the evening before each two-day reduction effort and reopen the morning after each effort.

Only individual hunters selected from the draw in September and their designated hunting partners may participate in the hunts.

DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The state parks are home to more than 32 state-endangered plants and numerous significant natural communities. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.

Information on 2018 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild. The application deadline is usually the end of August.

Additional information on state park deer reductions is at stateparks.IN.gov/6289.htm.

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Preservation Conference in Wabash, April 25-28, 2017 @indianalandmark

February 26, 2017 1 comment
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Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks Foundation

Just months after attracting a half-million-dollar prize, Wabash’s revitalized downtown is preparing to host Indiana’s annual gathering of preservationists, giving history buffs and members of the general public a glimpse behind the scenes of the city’s ongoing revitalization.

Drawn to the city by the award-winning downtown renewal, the April 25-28, 2017 “Preserving Historic Places” state preservation conference will include tours and workshops that showcase historic downtown Wabash buildings—some restored and some in process—including the restored Charley Creek Inn and commercial buildings repurposed as loft apartments.

State and national experts will lead educational sessions during the four days, and conference meals will be served in interesting historic locations, including one dinner held on a covered bridge in the nearby town of Roann.

The public is invited to attend the conference. An early bird registration discount applies to registrations received by March 10, 2017.

Known as the first electrically lit city in the world, Wabash in 2016 won by popular vote the $500,000 top prize in the national Small Business Revolution contest, created to shine a spotlight on the vital impact that small businesses have on our economy, our communities and our daily lives.

A related documentary series featured Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank helping transform six businesses in Wabash. Watch the videos at http://smallbusinessrevolution.org/main-street/season-one/.

One of two conference keynote speakers is Cameron Potts of Deluxe Corp., which sponsored the Small Business Revolution to showcase 100 small businesses as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.

The second conference keynoter is engineer and city planner Charles Marohn, founder of Strong Towns, a nonprofit that advocates for a model of development that allows cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient. The author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns and A World Class Transportation System, Marohn hosts the popular Strong Towns podcast and is active on social media (see @StrongTowns on Twitter).

WHAT:
Preserving Historic Places conference

WHEN:
April 25-28, 2017

WHERE:
Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash, IN

COST:
$175 per person for all four day, with a discount for registration by March 10, 2017; $100 for students

REGISTER:
bit.ly/PHPWabash2017

WHO:
Preserving Historic Places conference is staged by Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA), Indiana Landmarks, and Indiana University with support from INGUARD and Wabash Marketplace.

DNR Camping Discounts at Boat Sport & Travel Show

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Spring Mill State Park.

Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Christie Sorrells
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Visitors to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show can receive a promo code for 15 percent off camping reservations at Indiana State Parks during weeknights in May 2015 (such as Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County, pictured above).

The promo code will be made available only at the DNR booth at the Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 20 through March 1, 2015.

The discount applies to all State Parks campgrounds and DNR Division of Forestry campgrounds at Deam Lake, Greene-Sullivan State Forest and Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area. The offer is not valid on walk-ins. Weeknights are Sundays through Wednesdays.

Reservations can be booked at camp.IN.gov or by calling (866) 622-6746. Reservations must be booked and used by May 20, 2015.

Visitors to the show also can buy 2015 fishing and hunting licenses and other permits; camping gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 denominations; and other DNR offerings. Visitors can also pick up the 2015 DNR Recreation Guide and 2015 DNR Fishing Guide for free.

Indiana DNR Observance of National Trails Day, June 7

Mounds State Park, Anderson, Indiana

Mounds State Park, Anderson, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Marty Benson
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.in.gov/

Each year Indiana joins states across the country in recognizing National Trails Day. The day celebrates the United States’ trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. This year’s Trails Day is Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Gov. Mike Pence and members of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission will kick off the celebration early with the dedication of the Speedway Trail Corridor on Friday, June 6 at 11:30 a.m. Attendees can “Walk a Mile with Mike” at noon.

A day later, on Trails Day, a variety of activities, including trail cleanups, bicycle rides and guided hikes will be held. The Department of Natural Resources will host events at McCormick’s Creek State Park, Mounds State Park (see photo above), and Lieber State Recreation Area. At Brookville Lake, the DNR will co-host a trail event with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Several other local organizations will host events throughout the state. For a complete listing, see americanhiking.org/national-trails-day.

Trails stimulate economic development and enhance quality of life for Hoosiers of all ages and abilities by providing opportunities for education, fitness, and recreation.  Indiana offers over 3,300 miles of public trails to enjoy on June 7 or any other day.

For more information on trails, visit dnr.IN.gov/outdoor/2604.htm.