[DNR] NRC approves 3 new nature preserves
Start Date: 7/19/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/19/2012
INDIANAPOLISĂ˘â‚¬â€ťThe Indiana Natural Resources Commission has approved three new nature preserves, including the most recent one within the boundaries of a state park.
The addition of Mouth of the Blue River Nature Preserve at OĂ˘â‚¬â„˘Bannon Woods State Park in Harrison County brings the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs within reach of a longstanding goal.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“We set a goal several years back to get a nature preserve in every state park,Ă˘â‚¬Âť said Dan Bortner, director of State Parks & Reservoirs. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“While we are in the business of supporting recreational opportunities for our customers, we also recognize the need for conservation and the importance of taking a section of every property and setting it aside for protection.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
Mouth of the Blue River Nature Preserve is a 470-acre site in the southwest portion of OĂ˘â‚¬â„˘Bannon Woods. Its topography consists of several knobs, deep ravines and steep bluffs. It contains several high quality natural communities and is home to two state-endangered animals, two state-endangered invertebrates, two state-endangered plants and several other rare animals and plants.
The two other new sites are the Laura Hare Nature Preserve in Lawrence County and Smith-Crisler Nature Preserve in Henry County.
The 43-acre Laura Hare preserve is owned and managed by Sycamore Land Trust and is noted for and abundance of eastern hemlock on its steep-sheltered, west-facing slope. The 40-acre Smith-Crisler preserve is owned and managed by the Red-tail Land Conservancy. It protects an upland forest and a diverse number of spring wildflowers.
In other actions, the NRC gave final approval to a rate increase request from the Lake Monroe Sailing Association; final approval to a rule prohibiting the sale, distribution or transportation of certain invasive aquatic plants; final approval to repeal standards governing State Museums and Historic Sites under the DNR and NRC; preliminary approval of a rule to coordinate historic preservation reviews by state agencies that are governed by federal and state law; and approval of a new non-rule policy for floodway habitat mitigation.
For more information on the NRC, see www.in.gov/nrc
Name: Phil Bloom
Phone: (317) 502-1683
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