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Nice weather boosts attendance at state parks, other tourist spots

By Seth Morin and Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Warm sunny days following a particularly harsh winter have led to increased attendance at state parks, private campgrounds and other tourist destinations across Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reports that attendance at state properties from January through June is up about 8 percent over […]

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5 places to celebrate the 4th of July

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If you’re ready for a change from your backyard barbeque or your hometown’s firework’s show, here is a list of five fun events in five different places in Indiana for your Independence Day festivities: Click to make the map larger. Pekin Fourth of July Celebration The small town New […]

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A few DNR campsites still available for holiday weekend

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Available campsites are getting harder to find this holiday weekend. But the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said a few campsites are still available. Fireworks will be prohibited. Sites at Lincoln and Skakamak state parks are still available for those who prefer primitive or non-electric camping. For those who want […]

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Field trip grant deadline approaching

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Natural Resources Foundation is providing financial help to schools that are interested in taking field trips to an Indiana state park or reservoir during the 2014-2015 school year. Applications for the Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program must be sent by June 30. The program is […]

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Take part in ladybug study at Lake Monroe

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can take part in a Citizen Science project this summer, as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources tracks the ladybug population at Lake Monroe. The project will create an inventory of the different species of lady bugs that call Lake Monroe home. The results will also be sent […]

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Story & video: White-nose syndrome threatens to wipe out bat species

Effects of white-nose syndrome in bats from Antonio Cordero on Vimeo. By Brandon Mullens TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A little-known disease that is affecting bats could all but wipe out several species. White-nose syndrome is sweeping across the country, moving from east to west, and devastating bat populations in its wake. Within just a few years, […]

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Glimpse a barn owl pair through DNR webcam

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can get an inside look at the family life of barn owls through a new webcam operated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The agency set up the video camera at a nesting box located in rural Southern Indiana to try to catch a pair of owls laying […]

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Bill to let state parks sell alcohol close to becoming law

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Natural Resources could permit the sale of alcohol on its land under a bill that passed the Indiana House on Wednesday. House Bill 1116 would allow alcohol to be sold at inns located on DNR property if a permit is obtained. The bill also includes provisions […]

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Senate adds winery sales to state park bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate voted Monday to let farm wineries sell their products to retailers. The language was added to House Bill 1116, which would allow alcohol sales on state-owned land and inns. Under current law, alcohol can be sold on federally owned land under control and management of the department. […]

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DNR could sell seedlings to private wholesalers under bill passed by Senate

By Jessica Wray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow state-run plant nurseries to sell its extra tree seedlings to private wholesalers. The Department of Natural Resources could only sell the seedlings – which are young trees not much more than a few years old – at or below […]

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