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Limited budgets force parks to survive on user fees

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At least once a week Daniel May, a pastor at Church on the Rock in Dillsboro, sits under a park shelter prepping passages for his sermon or hiking one of the many trails at Versailles State Park. “My wife and I go to a state park every week,” said […]

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Activists rally to protect old growth forests

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Hoosiers wearing green and carrying signs with sayings like “Let the forest be forest” rallied at the Statehouse in support of protecting old growth trees. Participants at Monday’s Stand Up for Your Forests rally ranged from preschoolers to Sen. Mark Stoops, D-Bloomington. They advocated for Senate Bill 420, […]

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Bill would restrict management of old growth forests

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill designed to protect older areas of state forests set off passionate debate between those who say forests need to be managed and those who argue they need to be left alone. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources on Monday heard Senate Bill 420, which requires the Department of […]

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Fenced deer hunting bill gives oversight to Board of Animal Health

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are working to give the Board of Animal Health oversight of fenced deer hunting preserves. Senate Bill 109 would transfer oversight of nearly 400 privately owned deer farms and seven preserves from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to the Board of Animal Health. In addition to deer, […]

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Black bear spotted in Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– For the first time in 140 years a black bear has been confirmed inside the border of the state. Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists confirmed on Friday the presence of a wild black bear in northern Indiana and said the bear had moseyed its way in from Michigan. The DNR […]

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DNR stocked a record number of fish in 2014

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State to offer hunting workshops

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Natural Resources will offer three free waterfowl hunting workshops for novices and beginners. They will take place at different sites in August and be free of charge. Similar material will be covered at each workshop so that participants don’t have to attend more than one. Topics will […]

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Meet Sen. Michael Crider, bringing experience to the Indiana Senate

By Brittany Muncy TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. INDIANAPOLIS- Republican Sen. Michael Crider, R Greenfield, is ready to begin his first term in the General Assembly after taking over for long time senator Beverly Gard. Crider will represent the newly […]


State park attendance steady despite economy

Value has kept attendance at state parks and reservoirs stable – in Indiana and across the country – despite the downturn in the economy and tourism spending overall.