Increasing Public Land in Northern Indiana

CONSERVATION PROJECT

The Northeast Indiana Conservation Fundraiser is a united effort focused on increasing public land in northern Indiana. The INRF and DNR have joined forces with several organizations to promote the conservation of land for wildlife, recreation, beauty and sport.

Since the Northeast Indiana Conservation Project launched in 2012, more land is being acquired to provide Hoosiers access to more public lands for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation activities. recreation activities recreation activities

Goal

Permanently protect natural areas across Northeast Indiana through land acquisition and improve properties with a DNR interest.

Purpose

Protect and restore natural areas for recreation, beauty, wildlife and sport.

Land Acquisition Projects

608 total acres committed.

Over $1,000,000 total funds raised.

$668 is the average price per acre.

 

Efforts focus on tract purchases for outdoor recreation activities like hunting, trapping and fishing. Thanks to partners like the Bicentennial Nature Trust, President Benjamin Harrison Conservation Trust Fund, Pheasants Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation and bargain sales, we leverage almost three additional dollars for every one dollar contributed.

 

Successes

Salamonie Lake: Priddy Tract was purchased as a 69-acre addition to add lake access plus funding support for horse trail maintenance.

Pisgah Marsh & Durham Lake: 2-acre addition that buffers Grassy Creek plus an 80-acre addition featuring 15 acres of woodland habitat and 65 acres of restorable game bird habitat.

Francis Slocum State Forest: More than 400 additional acres are being added to the State Forest system for future public access in Miami County.

Pigeon River: 8 acres was purchased adjacent to Pigeon River FWA that expands and protects outdoor recreation opportunities in perpetuity.

Kuhn Lake: An offer has been accepted and pending closing on property to improve public access to the Kuhn Lake and the Barbee Chain of Lakes.