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See a weird tree? The state wants the photo.

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See a weird tree? The state wants the photo.

  By Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Department of Natural Resources is looking for the weirdest trees in Indiana, but they need your help. The DNR Forestry division is now accepting submissions for its 2012 issue of “Invasion of the Weird Trees,” an online publication updated every four years identifying the strangest […]

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Officers investigate whooping crane shooting

INDIANAPOLIS – State conservation officers are investigating the shooting of an endangered whooping crane in southeastern Jackson County near Crothersville. Only about 500 whooping cranes are believed to exist in the United States and they are banded and outfitted with transmitters to help monitor their health and movements. The cranes are on the federal endangered […]

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State seeks trails users for advisory board

INDIANAPOLIS – The state is looking for bicyclists, canoeists and other recreational trail users to serve on the state’s Trails Advisory Board. The 14-member board advises Department of Natural Resources Director Robert Carter Jr. on trails-related issues. Federal officials also require that the state has a Trails Advisory Board to receive funding from the Recreational […]

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DNR seeks workers for state parks

INDIANAPOLIS – The state continues to seek workers for a new state parks program that offers housing and a stipend to those who participate. The Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks & Reservoirs has received federal grant funding for the program, which is called the Indiana Heritage Corps. The DNR wants to find […]

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2012 annual entrance permits for state parks and reservoirs now available

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Annual state park permits for 2012 are now available for purchase online. The permits – which allow entrance to any Indiana State Park – are $36 for state residents. They are available at www.InnsGifts.com. The Golden Hoosier Permit is available for $18 at the same website to those […]

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Firearms season starts for deer Saturday

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Firearms season for white-tailed deer in Indiana opens Saturday and the Department of Natural Resources predicts another year of near-record harvest numbers. Deer biologist Chad Stewart said conditions for the 2011 season are shaping up similarly to the 2010 season. “I’d hate to predict a record, but we […]

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Three state parks to close for goose hunts

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Ouabache, Shakamak, and Whitewater Memorial state parks will be closed Nov. 28-29 for controlled Canada goose hunts that are meant to control their populations. Officials a the Department of Natural Resources say large amounts of goose waste at park beaches, picnic areas and in bank-fishing locations have raised […]

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Most state parks to close for deer reductions

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty-one state parks in Indiana will close temporarily in the coming weeks for two rounds of hunts that are meant to control the population of deer. The first reduction is Nov. 14-15, with a second round Nov. 28-29. The participating parks will close to the general public the […]

Meetings planned for rivers initiative

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s Healthy Rivers Initiative will host two November open houses for the public to ask questions about the state’s largest land conservation effort and learn about its progress. The open houses will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dates and locations are: • Nov. 14, Austin Fire […]