Action Alerts

The 2018 Senate budget released last fall contains add-ons (we call them “riders”) that threaten the safety of U.S waterways. Riders are attached to larger pieces of legislation because they’re so unpopular they’d never pass by a vote on their own. Will you tell your Senator today to oppose these riders that erase protections of our lakes, rivers, wetlands, and drinking water?

These riders do things like:

(1) Allow the Trump Administration a free pass to repeal the Clean Water Rule without a clear rationale and without due consideration of the public input. This rider would also block the courts’ ability to review the agencies’ repeal action as potentially “arbitrary or capricious.” This undemocratic move puts the drinking water of one-third of Americans at risk of further pollution.

(2) Make it easier to degrade wetlands and waterways that are critical for flood protection, water quality, and fish habitat, by creating confusion about exempted activities and allowing polluters to dump dredged or fill material.

(3) Bar the EPA, Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, and others from considering the effects of climate change in their assessments of and plans for national forests, livestock, electricity production, and more. This would block progress on reducing carbon emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and mitigating flood risk—three actions that improve public health and save Americans money.

Please take a few moments to ask your Senators to protect our waters and oppose these riders.

For Clean and Safe Waters,

Ann Baughman & Latia Leonard

News

Enjoy Indiana's art, history, and natural beauty through Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites

Hoosiers can engage with the arts through the Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites program, with more than 170 arts activities taking place across the state.

“Considering several of these programs and exhibitions take place on multiple days, there will be 480 opportunities for Hoosiers of all ages, especially those living in rural areas, to enjoy the arts, history, and the natural beauty of Indiana," said Anna Tragesser, IAC artist and community services manager.

Arts programs at Indiana State Parks properties range from landscape painting demonstrations at Brown County State Park to youth theater programs at Ouabache State Park to folk-life celebrations at Prophetstown State Park with dancing, weaving and bookmaking workshops and a storytelling performance.

A complete listing of 2018 opportunities, including dates, locations, and program summaries is at www.IN.gov/arts/files/2018_APHS-Activities.pdf.

The Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites program is designed to draw upon both traditional and non-traditional arts and artists in Indiana and weave arts programming into the natural beauty and rural settings of Indiana. The Arts Commission approved funding for program-related projects that encourage the creation of, and public engagement with art, and experience Indiana's state park and state forest system and historic sites.

DNR asks landowners to enroll in gamebird hunting easements

The DNR is seeking private landowners to allow limited public gamebird hunting opportunities on their properties in exchange for financial incentives and technical assistance through a program called APPLE.

APPLE stands for Access Program Providing Land Easements. In its second year, APPLE provides hunters with an opportunity to hunt ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, and American woodcock, while also providing landowners with significant benefits.

With nearly 96 percent of Indiana privately owned, public gamebird hunting opportunities are limited.

Participating landowners are eligible for incentives of up to $25 per acre. Additional financial assistance is also available for creating or improving habitat.

DNR biologists will work closely with each landowner to develop a wildlife habitat management plan. Biologists will also help landowners plan the number and timing of hunts on their land.

The DNR is targeting landowners of 20 acres or more within five focal regions across the state. For more information, including a description of the five focal regions, visit wildlife.IN.gov/9572.htm.

Hunters will be selected for the program using Indiana’s online reserved hunt draw system.

Landowners can continue to hunt all other species on their land during the duration of the APPLE hunts, and may hunt gamebirds after the APPLE hunts.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

Outdoor Indiana magazine features state fish hatcheries

Outdoor Indiana magazine’s March-April issue features a cover story on how state fish hatcheries improve fishing for Hoosiers.

The issue also includes an article on Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, near Linton. Goose Pond FWA is a prime birding location. Greene County’s ninth annual Marsh Madness, much of which takes place at Goose Pond FWA, is March 2-3. More at friendsofgoosepond.org.

Outdoor Indiana is available now at Barnes & Noble stores in Indiana for $4. Subscriptions are $15 for one year (six issues, a 27 percent savings) and $28 for two years (12 issues, a 42 percent savings).

Subscribe at innsgifts.com or call (317) 233-3046. To read article excerpts, go to outdoorindiana.org .

Fly a kite workshop at Patoka Lake, March 17

Parents can bring their kids to Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, March 17, for a kite-making event for children.

The program begins at 1 p.m. Participants will create a one-of-a-kind kite using provided materials. Once all kites have been built, participants can car caravan to the beach to fly their creations.

The program fee is $5 per kite. Advance registration is required. Call 812-685-2447 to register or for more details.

An entrance fee for Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area will apply. The fee is $7 per in-state and $9 per out-of-state vehicle.

Patoka Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/2953.htm) is at 3084 N. Dillard Road, Birdseye, IN 47513.