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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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Bill to legalized fenced hunting dies in Senate

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to legalize fenced hunting preserves – and subject them to state regulation – failed in the Indiana Senate on Tuesday when only 25 of the chamber’s 50 senators voted yes. It takes 26 votes to pass a measure. Senate Bill 404, authored by Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, […]

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Senate overhauls bill to let DNR sell seedlings out of state

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate voted Monday to amend legislation that would originally have let state nurseries sell tree seedlings and other stock directly to out-of-state customers. Now, Senate Bill 177 would only let the nurseries – which are operated by the Department of Natural Resources – sell its excess stock to private […]


Inns on state owned land could sell alcohol under House bill

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Inns located on state owned land would be able to sell alcoholic beverages, under a bill passed Tuesday by the Indiana House of Representatives. House Bill 1116, authored by Rep. Tom Dermody, R- LaPorte, passed the House 91-4. The bill would allow the Department of Natural Resources to permit […]

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Senate committee passes bill to let DNR sell seedlings out of state

By Carley Campbell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow state nurseries to sell their excess stock out of state passed a Senate committee – but not before it was amended to limit the number of plants that could be exported. Senate Bill 177 would allow private nurseries from other states to purchase excess […]


Bill pits DNR against private nurseries in battle over seedling sales

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State nurseries mulch more than 200,000 tree seedlings every year. But a bill authored by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, would allow the Department of Natural Resources to begin selling the excess plants out of state. Senate Bill 177 would amend part of a law passed in 2007 that prohibits […]

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State adding 180 acres to Lincoln State Park

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lincoln State Park in Southern Indiana will be expanding its total size by 180 acres thanks to the Bicentennial Nature Trust. A dedication including Gov. Mike Pence will take place Wednesday at the park. The celebration will include a mile long hike called “Walk A Mile With Mike” in […]

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