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The division issued nearly 2000 phytosanitary certificates carrying mostly Indiana produced commodities to approximately 80 different nations around the world in addition to separate shipments to United States states, protectorates, and territories.
The division successfully treated nearly 20, 000 acres of Indiana to control gypsy moth. The control efforts were effective and successful. The public was kept informed regarding all aspects of the operation on the DNR Web site, by direct mailings to approximately 30, 000 residents, press releases, and radio and television coverage.
Surveys for exotic pests, conducted throughout the state, resulted in the discovery of several new pest species from Asia and Europe. These pests will be monitored and treated next year. Infested materials were destroyed.
Preliminary surveys have been conducted in northern Indiana for the Emerald Ash Borer, a new pest from Asia which kills ash trees. A large area around Detroit, Michigan, has been infested with this tree killing pest. The division has conducted training for its staff in the Detroit area. Dr. Waltz, division director, served as one of six specialists on the U.S.D.A. Science Panel regarding this pest outbreak.
The division provided information on West Nile Virus and mosquito management to DNR property holding divisions. Dr. Waltz, division director, is privileged to serve on the Governor's West Nile Virus Task Force.
All 550 production nurseries in Indiana were inspected and certified.
Improved services have been provided to the Nursery industry through a nursery pest report that is provided free to any nursery wanting it. The report tells what pests are being found by DNR inspectors in which parts of the state. The data is used to better control the amount of pesticides used and efficacy of treatments for nurseries by knowing more about the biology of the pests.
One of our most successful endeavors during the current biennium was to open the new Indiana State Museum on May 22, 2002. Thanks to many years of hard work and great vision, Indiana has created a permanent showplace for our past and our future. The public and media response and comparative analysis of similar institutions indicates that, in terms of physical plant and quality of exhibits, the new museum is in the top tier of public cultural institutions in the nation.
The state historic sites experienced major changes in 2002. To adjust to their shrinking budget, a comprehensive plan was developed to determine which historic sites might benefit from collaboration or replacement management. To this end, the Col. William Jones site in Gentryville became part of the adjacent Lincoln State Park, where the cultural interpretation is enhanced by the addition of the historic home and log barn. The Mansfield Roller Mill was transferred to the nearby Raccoon State Recreation Area where the management staff had already assumed responsibility for the Mill's operations. In addition, an informal agreement was created with the Scott County Preservation Alliance to oversee the maintenance of the Pigeon Roost State Historic Site.
Negotiations will continue through the 2003-05 biennium to make Historic New Harmony a truly unified program by making all on-site management and staff supervision the responsibility of the director of Historic New Harmony. Changes in the management of the Gene Stratton Porter and Limberlost State Historic Sites are also being examined. The wetlands restoration project at the Limberlost State Historic Site (a little more than 1000 acres) will be transferred to the DNR Division of Nature Preserves early in 2003.
A friends advisory council, consisting of representatives from all historic sites friends groups, was established and quarterly meetings were held. Topics at the meetings ranged from updates on legislative initiatives to advice on operating gift shops.
?Much work was done on a strategic plan with specific objectives for the historic sites, and preliminary marketing research was accomplished for each Site. A new initiative requiring all historic site managers to attend the eleven classes in the Management Training Institute has resulted in more consistent management throughout the sites. Several historic site managers participate on the Board of the Association of Indiana Museums and organized their annual meeting in the new Indiana State Museum Aug. 1 and 2, 2002. The Limberlost State Historic Site emphasized the Indiana Heritage Trust's tenth year anniversary during the site's annual Nature Days Special Event.
The Levi Coffin State Historic Site was in the news several times during the year, culminating in the dedication of the new Historic marker, the first in the Nation to carry the Underground Railroad logo, in October 2002. Angel Mounds experienced the first year in their expanded visitor center, complete with new interactive exhibits.
The Culbertson Mansion in New Albany has undergone a complete exterior restoration, ending this year with new slate roofing and gutters. The demolition and reconstruction of the interior of the Boys and Girls Club in Madison for the Lanier/Madison Visitor Center will be complete in the winter of 2002-03.
Water lines from State Road 46 to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site have been installed in anticipation of the new fire suppression system, to be installed this winter. A greatly enhanced Farmer's Market next to the Old State Bank at the Vincennes State Historic Site promises to offer more collaboration between the community and the site. In addition, the Old Northwest Corporation in Vincennes has agreed to become the friends support group for this site.
Creative problem solving at the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site utilized equipment from the Division of State Parks and Reservoirs as well as the Indiana Department of Transportation to help with the recurring silting problem in the canal.
?Lt. Governor Hospitality Awards honored the President of the Friends of Limberlost, a full time employee at the Corydon State Historic Site and a volunteer at the Grissom Air Museum State Historic Site. Gene Stratton Porter site manager received the state's highest honor of the "Sagamore of the Wabash."
The state historic sites employees are uncommonly dedicated, and turn-over is very rare. With Gene Stratton Porter State Historic site manager Margie Sweeney's retirement and the death of the Vincennes State Historic Site manager and southwest regional supervisor Bill Menke, the loss is deeply felt.
The historic sites Administrative staff (director, deputy director and chief of interpretation and education) culled files, archived documents, and moved their offices into the new Indiana State Museum in February of 2002.
Archaeology (Staff: 4)
- Sixty-seven accidental discoveries, including accidental discovery of human remains or artifacts, reports of site and burial ground violations, reviews of professional archaeology investigation permits
Mining Review Projects
- Ninety-eight project submittals received through November 30, 2002
Non-Mining Review Projects
- 2,350 submittals received through November 30, 2002 (additional 60 expected by December 31, 2002)
Sites Documented and Recorded
- 740 new site numbers issued to record documented archaeological sites
Records Checks (assisting archaeologists with site information deposited at the DHPA)
- 159 through November 30, 2002 (additional 10 expected through December 31, 2002)
- Expanded from Archaeology Week due to popularity and public demand: includes staff lectures, presentations, demonstrations, artifact identifications, and other public events to educate and promote Archaeology in Indiana. Posters, T-shirts, coloring books, "Archaeology in Your Community" information, and a variety of curriculum materials made available to the public.
Completed Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Project: National Park Service program to research and document sites in Indiana related to this period and these conflicts.
- Five Battle Sites in Indiana
- Fort Harrison (Vigo Co.), also associated historic site
- Fort Wayne (Allen Co.), also associated historic site
- Mississinewa Battlefield (Grant Co.)
- Battle of Tippecanoe (Tippecanoe Co.)
- George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (Knox Co.)
- Three Associated Historic Sites
- Prophetstown (Tippecanoe Co.)
DHPA Grant Participation
- Reviewed and administered 7 archaeological Historic Preservation Fund archaeological grant projects and one Wabash Heritage Corridor archaeological grant project.
Technical and Other Assistance and Services
- Archaeological investigations and advice for Prophetstown State Park for the divisions of Engineering and State Parks and Reservoirs
- Hiring, training, and supervision of a new Division of Forestry archaeologist
- Supervision of and close consultation with the Division of Reclamation archaeologist
- Continuing work with Hamilton County Parks concerning preservation, protection,
and investigations of numerous archaeological sites on their parks property, especially in the Strawtown area
- Archaeological and archival investigations at Tell City Chair Company site;
- Technical assistance to Conservation Officers
- Technical assistance to persons with concerns about cemeteries and burial grounds;
technical assistance with and review of National Register nominations;
- Promulgation of rules for development plans for construction within 100 feet of cemeteries or burial grounds
- consultations and meetings for site stabilization at Angel Mounds State Historic Site
- Assistance to Division of Public Information and Education regarding archaeological issues
Native American Council
- Staffing and attendance to the Native American Council, six times per year plus other assistance. State archaeologist is the secretary to the council
Historic Structures Review (Staff: 3)
Federal and State Reviews
- January 1, 2002 through November 30, 2002: 3,030 submissions received (3,300 expected by December 31, 2002)
- 85 percent subject to Section 106 Review
- 15 percent subject to State Review
Grants and Administration (Staff: 2)
Completed Historic Preservation Fund matching grant projects for federal fiscal year 2001
- Lafayette/Tippecanoe Co. National Register Nominations: 3 historic districts listed (New Chauncey, Hills & Dales, Dayton), 1 comprehensive district survey (Vinton Woods)
- Christian Ridge (Frankfort, Clinton Co.) Historic District National Register Nomination
- Dekalb County Survey
- Howard county Survey
- Publication of Jasper, Sullivan, Whitley County Interim Reports
- Kessler Park and Boulevard Plan National Register Nomination
- Update and Reprint of LaPorte County Interim Report
- North Manchester Historic District National Register Nomination (Wabash Co.)
- Sandcreek Township (Bartholomew Co.) Survey
- State-Owned Historic Property Survey and Database, Phase I
- Swinney Park and Memorial Park (Fort Wayne, Allen Co.) Cultural Landscape Reports
- Delaware Settlement on the White River Archaeology Survey (Ball State University)
- Greene and Daviess County Archaeological Survey (Indiana State University)
- Huddleston Farmhouse Archaeological Investigation (Historic Landmarks Foundation)
- North Central and Northeast Indiana Settlement Archaeological Survey and Investigation (Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne)
- Next Step Education Through Archaeology College Preparatory Program (Martin University, Indianapolis, Marion Co.)
- AME Church Acquisition (Madison, Jefferson Co.)
- Banneker Center Gym Roof Replacement (Bloomington, Monroe Co.)
- Cambridge City Waterworks Building Window and Door Rehabilitation (Wayne Co.)
- Double Log Cabin Roof Rehabilitation (New Harmony, Posey Co.)
- Johnson County Museum Exterior Rehabilitation (Franklin, Johnson Co.)
- LaGrange County Courthouse Tower Rehabilitation (LaGrange)
- Legg House Stabilization and Rehabilitation (Bloomington, Monroe Co.)
- McGrady House Roof and Gutter Rehabilitation (Vincennes, Knox Co.)
- Propylaeum Masonry and Porch Rehabilitation (Indianapolis, Marion Co.)
- Danville Courthouse Square National Register Nomination (Danville, Hendricks Co.)
- Deer Creek Valley Rural Historic District National Register Nomination (Carroll Co.)
- Elwood Commercial Historic District National Register Nomination (Madison Co.)
- Lakeside Park Cultural Landscape Report and Oakdale Historic District Brochure (Fort Wayne, Allen Co.)
- Logansport Architectural Walking Tour Brochure (Cass Co.)
- Preservation Technology Training Workshops and Lab Equipment (Ball State University, Muncie, Delaware Co.)
- Floyd Co. Site 12Fl73 Archaeological Investigation (University of Kentucky)
- Potawatomi Villages Archaeology Survey and Investigation (University of Notre Dame)
- Rockshelter Resources Archaeological Survey and Investigation (Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne)
- Patterson House/Fairmount Historical Museum Utilities Upgrade (Fairmount, Grant Co.)
- Rockhill-Tyler House Interior Rehabilitation (Fort Wayne, Allen Co.)
- Wilson School Masonry and roof Rehabilitation (Muncie, Delaware Co.)
Completed Historic Preservation Fund Cooperative Agreements
- 2002 Cornelius O'Brien Conference on Historic Preservation
- 2001 Indiana Main Street Conference
- Wabash River Heritage Corridor Brochure Reprinting
- Scholarships for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum
- 2002 Landscape Symposium
- Cemetery Workshop
- 2002 Underground Railroad Summit
- Midwest Historic Preservation Symposium
- Historic Schools Symposium
- Student Conservation Association Summer Internship
- National Road Workshop
Completed In-House Projects
- 2002 Grassroots Preservation Roundup
- 2003-2004 Historic Indiana
- Preserving Indiana Newsletter Template
- Publication of Underground Railroad Research Papers
- 2002 Historic Bridge Calendar
Completed Wabash River Heritage Corridor Fund matching grants
- Paul Dresser Birthplace Rehabilitation (Terre Haute, Vigo Co.)
- Harmony on the Wabash Exhibit, New Harmony Workingmen's Institute (Posey Co.)
Continued Covenant Monitoring of more than 45 properties statewide
Initiation of 18 Historic Preservation Fund matching grant projects for federal fiscal year 2002
Receipt and review of 43 grant applications for Historic Preservation Fund matching grant program for federal fiscal year 2003.
Registration and Survey (Staff: 2)
State and National Register Application Activity
- Responded to approximately 175 requests for National Register application packets
- Begun the process of making National Register packet materials available online linked to the division's Web site
- Processed 59 applications to place Indiana properties on the National Register of Historic Places (46 properties approved by the Review Board were listed)
- Processed 2 applications to place Indiana properties on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures (State Register); (3 properties were listed in the State Register only by staff action or Review Board action)
National Historic Landmark Activity
- Completed the NIL boundary increase for the New Harmony NHL district (NPS action pending)
- Provided SHPO comment on 2 NHL nominations (Allen County Courthouse, Oldfields)
- Acquired the state's 33rd NHL - tugboat "Donald B"
- Provided the National Park Service with condition/threat assessments for all Indiana NHLs
State Survey Activity
- Three county surveys of above-ground resources were conducted
- Initiated the resurvey of one county (Posey)
- Two survey reports (Historic Sites and Structures Interim Reports) were published
- Phase 1 of the statewide survey of state-owned properties was completed
- Coordinated the planning for the 34th annual Cornelius O'Brien Conference on Historic Preservation which was held in Terre Haute on September 19-21.
Tax Credits, Architectural and Technical Services (Staff: 1)
Commercial Tax Credits
- The Architectural section has processed approval for 18 completed Commercial projects during the past year, 22 new project applications initiated
- total construction value of $38,000,000
- leveraged $7,368,129 Federal Rehabilitation Investment tax credits
- assisted by $936,586 Indiana State Rehabilitation Investment tax credits
- Net of 436 new or rehabilitated housing units.
- Net of 413 new or rehabilitated low-moderate income housing units
- Highlight adaptive use of Cannelton Mill, National Historic Landmark property, previously listed as threatened.
Homeowner Tax Credits
- Highlight new program initiated this year: 14 projects filed to date
- The Architectural section has processed approval for 6 completed Owner Occupied residence projects during the past year
- total construction value 434,844
- assisted by $86,967 Indiana State Rehabilitation Investment tax credits
The Architectural section has received and responded to 16 requests regarding activities at Fort Benjamin Harrison
- Construction work on the new Prophetstown State Park was started. Water lines have been extended to the park. Construction is nearing completion on a grade separation between S.R. 225 and the main park road. Construction has begun on roads inside the park. Rehabilitation work has been completed on an existing building which was converted into a park office and service area.
- Federal grants totaling $2,650,000 were awarded to DNR under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) program. These grants were awarded for projects at Prophetstown State Park (bicycle trail), Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area (renovation of historic iron bridge), Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area (renovation of historic hay press), and Cataract Falls Recreation Area/Brown County State Park (renovation of covered bridges).
- Federal grant for $382,000 was awarded to DNR for renovation work on four covered bridges located at Cataract Falls State Recreation Area, Brown County State Park, Shades State Park, and Turkey Run State Park.
- Six mechanical wastewater treatment plants were replaced with constructed wetlands. These wetlands utilize natural processes to treat the wastewater with minimal maintenance and low power usage.
- Major repairs and upgrades to the Whitewater Lake Dam, at Whitewater State Park, were completed. The upgrades increased the ability of the spillway to safely handle large storms, bringing it up to current dam safety standards.
- Major renovation work to Canyon Inn, at McCormick’s Creek State Park, was completed. The work involved major improvements to the building mechanical/electrical systems, as well as improvements to public areas of the inn.
- New or expanded nature centers were completed at Mounds State Park and Salamonie Reservoir. The nature center at Salamonie Reservoir is open to the public, while the nature center at Mounds will open in spring of 2003.
- The campground electrical system at Tippecanoe River State Park was upgraded to provide better electrical service at each camp site, and bring the facility up to current electrical safety standards.
- The Division of Fish and Wildlife launched on-line hunting and fishing licensing earlier in the year. Hunters and anglers purchased 14,230 licenses via the service in 2002.
- Indiana’s public access crew developed innovative new designs for providing physically challenged sportsmen and women a way to board boats more easily at access sites. Boat wells and shoreline platforms designs are working well and may become models for use throughout the state and country.
- Seven state records were broken this year for catches of the largest muskellunge, walleye, hybrid striped bass, warmouth, buffalo, longnose gar, and grass carp. Management of the first three species in public waters by state fisheries professionals has developed excellent fisheries that are gaining notoriety regionally and in national fishing periodicals.
- Fish and Wildlife Properties hosted more than 91,000 hunters:
Small Game 28,129
- DNR wildlife biologists worked with private landowners to create Wildlife habitat on 2,500 acres enrolled in the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP) during 2002, utilizing $262,000 in Farm Bill funds.
- Wildlife habitat on 78,000 acres enrolled in Indiana's classified wildlife habitat program.
- Wildlife habitat on 1,508 acres through DNR's wildlife habitat cost-share program. Total cost of habitat development was $137,568 with $68,237 being provided through the program.
- The Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Board of Animal Health geared up to test the non-domestic cervid population for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). More than 3,000 white-tailed deer heads were collected statewide for CWD testing.
- The Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration project reported 143 acres acquired and 183.5 acres restored. The South West Indiana Four Rivers Project reported 2,068 acres acquired, 874 acres restored and 142 acres enhanced. Funding included $650,000 from state funds, and approximately $195,000 in private organization funds.
- Harvest data from the 2002 spring wild turkey season indicates a record harvest for the 33rd year with 10,575 birds harvested from 80 of the 90 counties open to hunting.
- More than 103,000 deer were legally harvested in Indiana during 2001. This harvest was a 4 percent increase from the 98,725 deer harvested during 2000. Compared to 2000, the antlered buck harvest of 48,357 represented an 8 percent increase from last year, and the antlerless harvest of 54,806 was up 1 percent. The increase in harvest can be attributed to the division's effort from 1994 - 1997 to reduce the statewide deer population and the effort in 1998 - 2000 to begin stabilizing the population by slightly reducing antlerless harvest.
- DNR officials initiated the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration (WCRP Grant program) which will provide the Department with access to $800,000 of WCRP funding and $1.3 million of State Wildlife Grant funding for species most in need of conservation.
- Fish and Wildlife biologists partnered with Nature Preserves to develop competitive grant applications totaling more than $3 million. These grants, which are based on the Landowner Incentive Program and Endangered Species Habitat Conservation Program, will be used to benefit a wide range of species, especially those rare species most in need of conservation.
- Indiana stocked 224,797 coho salmon and 253,000 chinook salmon into Lake Michigan waters in response to the state anglers requests to alter state stocking priorities. Eggs for these species are received from Michigan in an annual trade for other fish that Indiana produces.
- The department completed the first phase of the fish community restoration and monitoring effort in the zone affected by the 1999 White River fish kill. More than 295,000 fish were stocked in 2002. Nearly 960,000 fish have been stocked since the kill.
- A major fisheries renovation was completed at 358-acre Waveland Lake in Parke and Montgomery counties, removing the dominant shad and restoring the future for quality bluegill fishing in those waters.
- Indiana state biologists and Purdue University veterinarians joined other states in tracking the incidence and impact of a new fish disease, largemouth bass virus, in several lakes in northern Indiana.
- Construction is well underway on the Leavenworth-Lang-Cole Hay Press Barn project at Wyandotte Woods SRA, and the project completion date is early 2003. This project is funded in large part by a TEA-21 Enhancement Grant from the Federal Highway Administration.
- The Community and Urban Forestry (CUF) Program coordinated the Festival of Growth at the Governor's residence. Approximately 500 people attended. CUF staff developed and introduced the new Urban Forestry Inventory Program to Indiana cities and towns. The computerized program allows users to inventory and assess urban forest trees and other urban forest management features.
- Between February and May of 2002 the Division of Forestry conducted eleven (11) open houses, one on each of the state forest complexes. Each property prepared displays (stations) covering the following areas of interest: Recreation Management, Resource Management, Land Management, Community Affairs, Property Direction and Staffing/Budget/Revenues. Attendance at the open houses varied from a low of 22 to a high of 121. A total of 581 people registered at the open houses and a total of 174 comment sheets containing 231 total comments were received.
- Forestry mobilized 210 people to assist in the suppression of the catastrophic western fires. The US Forest Service reimburses 100 percent of the cost.
- The Division of Forestry's sale of tree seedlings continues to be a popular conservation program. More than five million tree seedlings of 50 species (mostly hardwood) are planted annually for timber, windbreaks, wildlife food and habitat, watershed and soil protection, reclamation and education.
- The continued containment of the forest Gypsy moth pest to a geographic band in northern Indiana continues to be a success story. Gypsy moth is a non-native pest that is advancing into Indiana from the northeast. The caterpillars feed on the foliage of many host plants-oaks are the preferred species but most other tree and shrub species will be defoliated in the absence of oaks. Gypsy moth has defoliated millions of acres of forest in the northeastern US and caused extensive mortality.
- The Classified Forest program (I 6-1.1-6) provides incentives for owners to retain and manage forestlands and now surpasses an enrollment of 420,000 acres (>11 percent of Indiana's private forestlands) and 8,000 landowners. These lands provide all the benefits of forested land directly to landowners and indirectly to all citizens of the state.
- A DNR Team, consisting of personnel from the Divisions of Forestry, Water, Soil Conservation, Engineering and State Parks and Reservoirs successfully breached Shaw Lake in Yellowwood State Forest. This was a small isolated lake that was found to have safety deficiencies and to be a hazard to downstream residents. Estimated cost of repair was in excess of $400,000, and the breach was completed at a small fraction of this cost.
- The Forest Legacy program provides long-term forest protection through the use of conservation easements. Indiana has protected an additional 1,600 acres through the Forest Legacy program in 2002 and received a $1.1 million federal grant to extend this protection to an additional 1,600 acres.
- The Division of Forestry received a $587,250 grant from the Fish & Wildlife Service to begin development of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the Indiana bat on Indiana state forests. The Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) is one of only two federally endangered mammals found in Indiana. This plan is to encompass Indiana's state forest system, which includes approximately 150,000 acres statewide. State forests provide large wooded areas that serve as summer habitat and also have caves in which a large proportion of endangered Indiana bats hibernate. These caves are considered essential to the continued survival of the species. The proposed HCP will be the first to address Indiana bat management concerns on an actively managed forest, providing a positive model for other states and forest managers. It is expected that the development of the HCP will take up to 3 years to complete. Once completed, the HCP has the potential to benefit more than 30 other state-listed or special concern species, which also use similar portions of Indiana's state forest system.
- While there are early indications that the amount of forestland in Indiana is on the decline, for the first time since the 1920s there is encouraging news that an increasing number of Indiana's forest owners are helping conserve the forests which remain. Indiana's private forestland assistance programs focus on establishing new forests, retaining existing forests and increasing stewardship and restoration practices on those lands.
Nature Preserve Dedications - Eight nature preserves were dedicated in 2002. They include Alum Creek Hollow in Clark State Forest; Shroeder’s Fern Cove, Clark County; McCormick’s Cove, in McCormick’s Creek State Park; The Narrows, Harrison County; Buddha Karst, Lawrence County; Stout Woods, Henry County; Chelsea Flatwoods, Jefferson County; and Bluffs of Beaver Bend, Martin County. Indiana's nature preserve system now consists of 189 nature preserves, encompassing 25,881 acres.
Public Access - A new parking lot and trail were installed at Big Walnut Nature Preserve, Putnam County, providing an excellent opportunity for hikers and nature lovers to visit this high quality natural area. In cooperation with the Fulton County Parks Department, a parking lot and trail were installed at the Judy Burton Nature Preserve on Lake Manitou. The trail traverses through upland fields, shoreline lake overlooks, and islands in the wetland system.
Public Dedications - Public ceremonies celebrating the protection of several areas by partnerships matching use of Heritage Trust funding were held at Coulter Sand Prairie, Porter County, Granville Sand Barrens, Tippecanoe County, and Little Calumet Headwaters (Camp Red Mill), LaPorte County.
Invasives - Biological control of purple loosestrife is proving to be effective, and its use continues to spread. In addition to the existing biocontrol insects, a new insect that feeds on loosestrife flowers was released in 2002. Biological controls are being researched for possible future use against garlic mustard and perhaps other invasives. The regional ecologists continue to employ techniques to reclaim areas contaminated by invasives. The division is an active participant in the Invasive Plant Species Assessment Working Group.
Endangered Species Coordinators’ Conference - The DNR (Nature Preserves, and Fish and Wildlife's Nongame Program) hosted eight midwestern states and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in sessions concerned with funding and conservation of endangered species.
Office Automation/Streamlining - In order to compensate for the loss of the division's clerical staff, and to economize, phones were automated, and procurement and payroll functions were shared with the Division of Outdoor Recreation.
Ginseng - In 2001, 52 ginseng dealers certified 7,048.7 pounds of ginseng, valued at $1.5 million, for export from Indiana.
Public Relations - Staff gave 28 talks, presentations, and hikes to a variety of organizations, agencies, and school groups. Articles and papers were written for Outdoor Indiana and the Academy of Science, we provided a display at the State Fair, and updated/improved our web site.
Reviews/Permits - Staff reviewed 312 public lake dockets, 528 DNR early coordinations, 21 coal permits, and 136 water dockets. Sixty-one collecting and research permits were issued.
Monitoring - Vegetation was assessed for deer browse damage at numerous State Parks and Nature Preserves, several deer exclosures were installed, Kramer Woods was completely censused as a 10 year follow-up to the original work done by Dr. Damien Schmelz, rare plants were monitored at a number of preserves, and loosestrife plots were assessed to measure the effectiveness of the biocontrol.
Management - A controlled deer hunt was held at Twin Swamps Nature Preserve, Posey County. Division staff, with help from others, conducted prescribed burns were conducted at 16 nature preserves (625 acres). Contractors burned an additional four burns.
Inventory - A number of rare plant locations were found. Some of the discoveries include Oklahoma sedge, believed to be extirpated, Hall's bullrush, under consideration for federal listing, and frogbit, new to Indiana. Insect surveys were conducted at a number of preserves. Staff completed rare plant surveys and invasive plant surveys on the Hoosier National Forest.
Ongoing Projects and Partnerships
Division staff continue to be actively involved in a number of projects and partnerships, including: Little Calumet River floodplain mitigation, Grand calumet River NRDA, Integrated Bird Conservation Planning Group, three North American Waterfowl Conservation Act projects, White River restoration, IUPUI student service learning.
The division has received several grants, totaling $700,000, to conduct restoration, through the Coastal Program, State Wildlife Grants, and GLNPO. Grant proposals totaling $1.7 million were prepared and submitted for funding from the USFWS Landowner Incentive Program.
Elkhart County completed acquisition of lands adjacent to Elkhart Bog, in conjunction with a FONSI agreement.
Boundary disputes at Beaver Lake (Newton County) and Moraine (Porter County) Nature Preserves continue to be in need of legal resolution. Tornados damaged Chamberlain Lake NP and Beanblossom Bottoms NP.
- During 2002 the division began implementation of a new Annual Well Fee and Bonding program. The program is expected to raise approximately $200,000 annually in dedicated funds for the closure of orphaned wellsites in Indiana.
- During the USEPA's last evaluation of the division's Underground Injection Control (UIC) program in December 2000 the division was cited as having "one of the best well-managed and most effective Class II UIC programs in the region, and perhaps the nation."
- During 2002 the division implemented an electronic field data collection system that utilizes PDA technology in place of paper forms for inspections, well tests and enforcement actions.
- The division successfully developed a partnership program with the Indiana Oil and Gas Association to plug orphaned wells. This program was responsible for the closure of more than 40 wells during 2002 resulting in a savings to the state of about $202,000
- In late 2000 the division finalized rules and procedures governing the management of oil and saltwater spills from facilities regulated by the division. This rule was developed in consultation with the Department of Environmental Management and represented a major step forward in the management of spills.
- The total number of enforcement actions has declined over the past 2 years by nearly 50 percent as a result of more pro-active compliance measures such as prior notifications of upcoming well tests due and updated well temporary abandonment rules. At the same time, penalty collections have increased from 19 percent of assessed amounts in 2000 to more than 33 percent in 2002.
Significant items/ events/ statistics
- Natural gas activity continues to expand in the New Albany shale region of south central Indiana. Since 2001 the division has issued 77 permits for gas drilling in the New Albany. This is an increase of more than 300 percent during the previous 2-year period. During the past 3 years overall gas production has increased by more than 17 percent and now stands at more than 1 billion cubic feet per year.
- The use of horizontal drilling technology is increasing substantially in Indiana and represents a major step forward in the development of natural gas reserves. This technology also benefits the environment by limiting the surface impacts of drilling.
- During 2002 the division conducted/ witnessed the following activities related to Class II injection wells:
1373 site inspections
252 mechanical integrity tests
153 reviews of existing wells
31 reviews of applications for permits
The division completed a Strategic Plan.
Administered the Land and Water Conservation (LWCF) Grant Program
10 Awarded + 2 state projects (Prophetstown and SCORP)
$2,801,190 total dollars awarded for state and local projects
490.19 acres added for recreational use
17 post-completion inspections completed
Administered the recreational trails program
22 applied for grants
4 awarded + 1 state project (Redbird)
$ 751,531.82 total dollars awarded for state and local projects
5.48 Miles of trail to be constructed + state funded OHV area
- Assisted the Department of Transportation with allocating approximately $10 million in federal Transportation Enhancement funds for trail projects.
- Added 606 miles of trail information to the Trails Inventory GIS Dataset
- Reviewed and approved 38 park and recreation master plans
- Executed 50 snowmobile trail leases
- Managed more than 200 miles of state snowmobile trails, predominately on leased private land.
- Oversaw more than 100 miles of designated streams included in the Indiana Natural, Scenic and Recreational River System.
- Maintained the Knobstone Trail, Indiana's longest hiking trail at 58 miles long.
- Eliminated the underused and outdated Hoosier Bikeway System, which cost approximately $25,000/year to maintain.
- Assisted Montgomery County with adoption of a local ordinance to limit development along Sugar Creek
- Assisted the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission in securing an executive director and establishing an office
- Opening the first state OHV area, Redbird State Recreation Area near Dugger, is planned for 2003
- Assisting with the Mid America Trails & Greenways Conference, a conference being planned for September 21-24, 2003, in Indianapolis, by the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.
- Developing a management plan for Interlake State Recreation Area.
- Legislative changes to the OHV/snowmobile law updating registration fees.
- Conducting surveys to be used in the 2005-2009 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) document, which is a requirement for LWCF federal grant funds.
- Hosting approximately 18 million visitors on 32 properties. This visitation generated $16 million in revenue for FY 02, an increase of 11 percent over FY01.
- Researching, designing, bidding and bringing into operation, a Centralized Reservation System for camping, shelters and cabins at state parks, reservoirs and forests. This included establishing business rules, measuring and classifying nearly 8,000 campsites and researching the experience of other states and then adapting the best elements of their systems for our needs.
- Instituting the first significant fee increases since 1989. The State Parks operating budget had become increasingly dependent on general fund dollars to meet operating expenses. Increasing the revenue pool, along with budget reductions, has significantly reduced the general fund share for both parks and reservoirs operating budgets.
- Initiating strategic planning process for the division. The division mission, vision, values and goals were finalized.
All properties completed an on-site strategic planning process resulting in property mission statements, visions, values, goals and objectives.
- Internet connectivity was greatly improved with the installation of 38 Satellite dishes at all state park and reservoir offices and some nature centers and service areas. Many phone lines and internet service providers were able to be canceled giving us the money needed to install the satellites.
- We procured and installed 56 new Gateway computers for the central office and field locations.
- We received 50 computers from INDOT that were used in the field to replace our aging Macintosh and older PCs in the field.
- Phone systems were installed at Lieber State Recreation Area, Summit Lake State Park, and Huntington Lake. Voicemail was installed at Lake Monroe. These were systems that were given to us by the Department of Health. Savings of about $9,000 were realized because we reused this equipment from other state agencies.
- Indiana hosted the 2001 Midwest State Parks Executive Association Conference. Nine
- We decentralized the response to unemployment claims from our central office to the properties. This enables DNR management to challenge claims in a timely manner and cut cost to the state.
- We identified the properties to be included in the state park deer herd reduction in time to include it in the annual Hunting Guide published by the Fish and Wildlife Division.
- The last review and completion of the plans for phase one construction at Prophetstown State Park will be complete by the end of the year and ready to bid.
State Park Inns
- Seven high speed satellite dishes were installed at the inns to give them connectivity in preparation for the new reservation system.
- All seven inns have been converted from the old RDP software to the new Room Master software. This gives us more features and is easier to use than the old software.
- Online reservation can now be made by the public at all seven state park inns. The call center for the Inns is ready for operation as soon as the T-1 line is installed at Clifty Inn.
- Successfully concessioned Wyandotte Cave on behalf of the Division of Forestry
- Successfully received the alcohol permit for the Garrison and the Fort Golf Course. This will allow us to offer beer and wine on the course as well as for group functions at the Garrison Restaurant
- Completed the renovation project at Canyon Inn. This included adding fire sprinklers and other major infrastructure work. The main lounge and lobby were rehabbed and additional guest rooms were made accessible.
- Completed the second cabin suite at Potawatomi Inn. This involved taking an existing four-room cabin and reconfiguring it into a duplex with suites that have a living and dining area and a bedroom
- New custom buffet units were designed, fabricated and installed at three inns. All inns purchased blast chillers and most replaced their guest area ice machines.
- Turkey Run Inn assumed campstore operation. This is more profitable than operating as a concession site and allows for more efficient and timely purchase of goods for resale.
- Spring Mill Inn operated the cave boat tour program with a grant from Lawrence County Tourism. This was one of the programs which was scheduled to be suspended as part of the budget cuts.
- Potawatomi Inn operated the entire boat rental concession at Pokagon which allowed for increased operating hours and a wider variety of services.
- Potawatomi will now operate the cross country ski operation at Pokagon
- Assisted in the stocking and opening of the Mansfield country store and the purchase of Shakamak cabin furnishings
Interpretive and Volunteer Programs
- Upgrading and expanding the division volunteer program to approximately 3700 volunteers donating 45,000 hours, the greatest level of participation ever.
- Achieving 785,000 interpretive (nature) center visitors, one of the highest visitations ever. Interpreters presented 18,000 programs to 394,000 campers, school children, inn visitors and local residents.
- Implementation of a plan for documenting and caring for significant artifacts donated to and/or purchased by the division for use in interpretation of history at our sites,
- Implementation of a flora/fauna inventory system that will allow each property and the division to build a standard formatted database of plant and wildlife species observed on each site.
- Building new interpretive centers for Mounds State Park and the Upper Wabash reservoirs and designing state of the art exhibits.
- Installation of children's activity area at the Falls of the Ohio, funded by a donor.
- Development of an exhibit plan and beginning exhibit replacement at Clifty Falls.
[Bass Lake State Beach]
- Transferred to Starke County government to manage and operate. The transfer, rather than closure, permits local residents to continue to enjoy this property.
- New sewage lines and lift stations were installed �
- Sewage and water plant improvements (still in progress).�
- Began installation of a new sprinkling system at Abe Martin Lodge. In-house: projects included:�
- Sewage and water line replacement at Abe Martin Lodge.�
- Installed new amphitheater seating at the nature center.�
- Routine hiking and horse trail maintenance when needed.�
- Routine building facility maintenance when needed.�
- Certain hiking trail improvements by Hoosier Hikers Council.�
- Friends of Brown County continued to maintain the "Friends Trail".�
- Replaced joists and floor in several cabin bath rooms
- Replaced flooring in the living areas of several cabins
- Replaced dinning room tables and chairs and refrigerators in several cabins
- Constructed new 40’ x 60’ service building to include two vehicle repair bays and a separate wash bay.
- Removal of underground oil storage tanks
- Constructed accessible fishing platform
- Completely refurbished all boat rental docks
- Refurbished existing equipment storage building and a storage shed.
- Conducted successful white-tailed deer reductions
- Glacier Ridge Shelter was constructed including water and electric.
- At the historic nature center, a donated bell was installed in bell tower, new gutters and down spouts installed and a new accessible ramp was constructed.
- A fishing pier was constructed for Lincoln State Park.
- Canoe camp bridge retaining walls were repaired and steps from road to camp installed.
- The foot bridge on trail 1 & 2 rebuilt. Work includes footers, retaining walls, new decks and rails.
- Phase 2 of the modern campground opened to visitors. This area added two modern comfort stations, 60 full hookup (or AA) sites and 73 electric (or A) sites.
- A new park office building went into full use in 2002. Our management staff has used a rental office outside the park grounds for seven years. This inside the property facility provides a much better service to our visitors and allows staff to be more efficient. In 2002 the park maintenance and service staff operated from a temporary building after relocating from a rental building on the INAAP military base. The INAAP area was tightly secured after September 11, 2001. The staff worked very hard to continue services from this temporary location.
- Charlestown received the DNR 100 percent Safety Program Rating in 2002, for the fourth consecutive year.
- Park revenue increased more than 38 percent for calendar 2002. This is due to increased visitation and fee increases.
- Grass mowing was reduced in several areas. Better wildlife habitat and a 20 percent reduction in mowing is the result.
- Charlestown staff assisted The Falls of the Ohio State Park in setting up and taking down the major 2002 dinosaur display project. Several hours of labor went into this museum exhibit.
- The Indiana Volkssport Association held a Volksmarch walking event at Charlestown June 1, 2002.
- The park hosted the Second Annual Charlestown Founders Day Celebration 5K Running Race. The race is a cooperative event with the local community celebration held the last Friday and Saturday in June.
Falls of the Ohio
Securing recognition of the Falls of the Ohio as the "jumping off" point for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Falls is now listed as a signature site on the National Park Services’ Lewis and Clark Trail. As a result the Falls will be an integral participant in the 2003 national bicentennial of the expedition. A replica of the Clark cabin was constructed on the property on the original cabin site. The signature site designation and completion of the Clark cabin were the result of the work of our staff and local residents and donors, illustrating the increased emphasis State Parks and Reservoirs has placed on partnerships in the last year.
- A four month major dinosaur exhibit increased our attendance 14,000 visitors. This exhibit usually costs $30,000/month. Dr. Jack Hankla loaned it to us at no charge.
- Upgraded our major audio-visual exhibit. The $32,000 costs all funded by the DNR.
- Addition of a Lewis & Clark audio-visual program "Spirit of the Land" which premiered July 2002. This $20,000 program was funded by private donors and is shown daily at our facility.
- Purchase of 76-acre Hale/Schneider wetland area. This historic area originally was owned by George Rogers Clark and William Clark. This land was purchased with Heritage Trust funds.
- An extensive flora inventory of new land purchase was completed by a volunteer.
- Renovated wildlife viewing area. The $1000 costs paid by the Herb Society.
- Partnered with Locust Grove and Filson Club hosting the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Meeting in Louisville in July.
- Added two new outdoor interpretive panels. The $3600 costs paid for by the DNR.
- Archeological survey for chimney at Clark cabin. This survey costs $2300 and was paid for by private donors.
- Installed alarm system for cabin. This system costs $600 paid by DNR. Installation was by two volunteers.
- Interior of Clark cabin--furniture, books, portraits, maps, clothes, rifles, coverlets, etc. by private donors. Costs approximately $3000
- Pest control of Clark cabin $200/year by private donor.
- Emergency roof repair at interpretive center. This $1200 costs paid by the DNR.
- Special events-Earth Day– $1000 donated by Trash Force, display of alternative fuel vehicles. DNR supplied tents.
- Ohio River Sweep–60 volunteers participated in nation's largest single day cleanup along the Ohio River. Free Fishing Day casting contests, fly fishing demonstrations, fish art contest. DNR paid for prizes and equipment. Sun Circle Celebration - state atlas contests, Delaware Nation Buffalo Dance, flint knapping, Native American vendors Fossil Festival-Liter's Quarry children's activity area, fossil pile, tents, tables, chairs, plastic hard hats. Fossil vendors, guest speakers, and outer fossil bed hikes. Archeology Day-speakers on Caesar's Dig, artifact identification, Lewis & Clark River Festival–55-foot keelboat, L&C re-enactors, artisans, military demonstrations, native American storytelling and dancing.
- Paleontological Institute–5 day comprehensive study by Alan Goldstein with fieldwork.
- Volunteer groups adopted areas Daylily Society of Louisville, Master Gardeners, Terrace Garden Club, Herb Society, and Rauch Foundation.
- Bronze plaque at Clark cabin by private donor costs $450.
- Temporary exhibits - Antarctica's Incredible Fossils, Microworld, Boats of Lewis & Clark, Indiana Junior Duckstamp Finalists, National Wildlife Refuge Centennial.
- Conversion of two historic buildings into classrooms for interpretive studies.
- Remediation of Shoen Creek area into wetland and outdoor classroom.
- Construction of wooden trail structure on Fall Creek Trail.
- Construction of parking lot near sledding hill for hill users and walkers.
- Reconnecting Shafter Road to Walnut Plantation trail head and picnic area.
- Removal of lead-base paint in Wood Road residences and Camp Glenn buildings.
- Recapping of landfill from days when used by Army.
- Remediation of drainage ditch along Glenn Road preventing washout of road.
- Upgrade of sprinkler system at Garrison.
- Continued use of Eagle Scouts to assist with honeysuckle eradication.
- Completion of new assistant property manager residence.
- Extension of saddle barn riding trail and hay ride trail.
- Extensive repair and renovation in Harrison House.
- Renovation of park office to include, enlarged training room and office for district biologist.
- Installation of security cameras at Garrison.
- New chiller installed at Garrison, upgrading cooling system.
- Telephone lines near sledding hill buried.
- Installation of grinder/lift station servicing assistant property manager's residence and golf
- Refurbished the exteriors of the Wood Road rental houses and the Harrison House to include exterior painting, gutters, doors and landscaping.
- Refurbished the interiors of the Wood Road rental houses to include interior plaster and ceiling repair, painting, plumbing fixtures, and other required maintenance and repair.
- Constructed sledding hill with fill provided by the contractor working at 56th Street and I-465.
- Deconstructed a 100 site trailer court to include the removal of concrete pads, sidewalks, aggregate and exotic species. Filled and contoured area with offsite fill.
- Completed landscaping at the office and nature center.
- Remodeled horse concession building to include the lobby and restroom
- Constructed new employee parking lot
- A new picnic area is under construction
- We were able to have a contractor install a much needed new water slide at the swimming pool complex in the spring.�
- Cabin # 11 was rebuilt after a chimney fire destroyed� part of the roof and interior ceiling.
- About 100 trees were transplanted in the campground, cabins and picnic areas in January and February by park staff.
- Three picnic areas and two and one half miles of road were closed to park visitors in order to reduce mowing and security patrol to help meet our reduced intermittent budget. The family cabins will also be closed from January 2003 to the middle of March 2003 to help meet our savings plan.
- Several campsites were rehabbed with new stone from INDOT.�
- A new roof was installed on the main service building last summer.�
- The park hosted several successful events this past year. Harmonie �Hundred Bicycle Tour in May, Posey County Red Cross Triathlon in August, and� Haunted Harmonie in October.�
- Some resource management was accomplished; in spring a major controlled burn in the front of the park was successful and, 185 deer were removed during the four days of our deer reduction.
- New sewer lines throughout the property (except campground)
- Installation of new water lines throughout the property (except campground)
- Connection to Indiana American Water — abandoned existing domestic water plant.
- Successful E. coli monitoring program and data collection on the Dunes Creek watershed.
- Commissioned and received final report on E. coli monitoring program
- New lift and pump station at pavilion
- Pavilion — replaced roof, guttering and exterior underground drainage system.
- Built a carpenter's shop and restroom in the Service Building
- Combined Lincoln and Colonel Jones Home into one operation for efficiency.
- A new radio tower to improve communications.
- Installed a new boat dock at the family cabins.
- Rehab of the siding and posts of historic lakeside shelter.
- Repair existing play equipment.
- Worked with the Division of Reclamation to fill and preserve mining structures near trail 2.
- Make small improvements and maintain many existing facilities.
- Reclaiming a ‘dead’ strip mine pit called Weber Lake at Lincoln in cooperation with the Division of Reclamation.
- Major rehabilitation of the Canyon Inn infrastructure including a new HVAC system, electrical service upgrade, kitchen remodeling and upgrades, dining room remodeling, lounge remodeling, central wing window replacement, installation of sprinkler system, replacement and upgrade of elevator, Sycamore Meeting Room remodeling, complete replacement of the Canyon Inn roof.�
- Rehabilitation of Beechgrove Shelterhouse (CCC Built, Historic Structure)�
- Rehabilitation of the CCC Stone Arch Bridge.�
- Upgrade of park sign system.�
- Constructed new office/nature center
- Constructed new block vault toilet in campground
- Constructed new accessible campsites
- Nearly completed a window and exterior siding project on the pavilion.
- Replaced old wooden floor, roof, upgraded HVAC and remodeled kitchen at pavilion.
- Upgraded pool chemical controller and painted swimming pool. Replaced diving board platforms and valve on the kiddy pool.
- Paved entrance road and parking lot and installed sidewalks to pavilion.
- Developing plan with Indiana, Notre Dame, Ball State and Indiana State Universities for the long range management and interpretation of the mounds.
- Paved 12 campsite pads
- Landscaping and plantings around new office/nature center.
- Completion of multiple items on interior of office/nature center.
- Completed a 50’ x 16’ deck w/ railings to new office/nature center.
- Asphalt of 14 campsites, and addition of stone to many others.
- Tree trimming and fence line clearing.
- Razing of horse day use area.
- Constructed deer exclosure for resource management study.
- Replaced steel legs, pump system and flume of park pool water slide; added exhaust system to pool pump house.
- Replace several sections of concrete pool deck and added a top coating to concrete side walks, pool concession area and eating area.
- Constructed a pergola at pool concession area, and painted the interior of the pool bath house.
- Remodeled modern restrooms — Trails End Shelter
- Installed office cubicles and upgraded electrical in office/service building.
- Conducted successful white-tailed deer reduction hunts (first time at this location)
- Hosted annual Ft. Wayne Philharmonic Patriotic Pops concert attended by more than 2000 park visitors.
- Hosted first "Rendezvous on the Ouabache" - encampment of early settlers and Native Americans demonstrating crafts, food and ceremonies in authentic dress.
- Successfully operated park facilities and concessions with a 25 percent reduction in seasonal staffing.
- Secured much needed upgrades to wastewater treatment plant infrastructure.
- Re-roofed large shelter house and campground comfort station.
- Significantly reduced mowing.
- Install new trail around Youth Tent Campground.
- New security fencing around Office/Service Area.
- Continued to pursue sewage connection with the town of Vera Cruz.
- New paved bicycle trail. This is an early phase of a planned county-wide bicycle system.
- Renovation of park well system to include addition to water plant.
- Construction of new comfort station and upgrade of Campground #4 to electric (Class-A).
- Construction of new duplex cabin — Potawatomi Inn.
- Renovation of existing paved bicycle trail.
- Construction of new parking lot on west end of dam.
- Refinishing of all cabin wood floors.
- Refurbished old and constructed new nature center displays.
- Construction of aggregate storage area.
- Several resource management improvements to include wetlands and prairies.
- Planned and celebrated 25 year anniversary of the property as a state park.
- Conducted successful white-tailed deer reduction hunts.
- Purchased and moved office/property operation
- Modified and moved service area operation to existing service buildings.
- Razed one large and three small green houses and converted two larger green houses for property use. Used green houses to raise more than 40,000 prairie species plugs.
- Planted more than 40,000 prairie plant plugs.
- Planted 250+ acres of prairies.
- Removal of exotic species.
- Supervised the removal and/or demolition of 30+ structures from newly acquired property.
- Refurbished several pieces of hand me down equipment and vehicles procured in various ways/methods.
- Developed floor plan for office remodel to include personnel from Nature Preserves, Fish and Wildlife, Forestry and Enforcement.
- Constructed/installed above ground fuel storage system.
- Constructed overpass to lift State Road 225 over the main park entrance road.
- Interior park roads and parking lots east of S.R. 225 were constructed.
- Completion of the duplex family cabin.
- Construction of new boat rental building.
- Relocation of seven family cabins to develop a rent-a-camp program.
- Renovation of two lift stations.
- Development of water drainage for the rent-a-camp area.
- Completed the ADA fishing pier.
- Reviewed final plans for renovation to the waste water treatment plant.
- Installation of water valves for pool filter building.
- Provided information and review of the centralized reservation system.
- A very busy season for the swimming pool.
- Rewired village concession stand; re-roofed village concession, distillery in village.�
- Moved stone from Paoli to village and rebuilt retaining wall along creek.�
- INDOT resurfaced three sections of road; Oak Ridge, from main park road to inn, and road to saddle barn.�
- Sprayed 30 acres of land with herbicide to control vinca. Funded through grant from IPALCO.�
- Three new lift stations installed.�
- Sewer lines replaced; Waterline extension beginning.�
- New roof on nature center.�
- Moved 30x50 pole barn from Fort Harrison to Spring Mill for reconstruction.�
- Re-fenced portion of saddle barn pasture and installed overhead door on barn.
- Replaced split rail fence in the village.�
- Rewired underground secondary on east side of pioneer village.�
- Installed refurbished lights on poles in village.�
- Surveyed remaining park boundaries in question.�
- Installed new water softeners.�
- Completed 25 special events in park for calender year.�
- Installed drainage tile in pioneer village.�
- Received $6,000 in seed money from Lawrence County Tourism to run Twin Caves.�
- Initiated process to convert 300 acres of park to new nature preserve.
- Reshaped and graded gravel service yard and installed new electrical to security lights.
- Improved accessibility on loop trail near Beach House.
- Constructed new fish cleaning station and parking lot.
- Preparations/utilities in place for new Campground Control Station
- Constructed new Youth Tent Area to include road, parking, utilities and sites.
- Conducted prescribed burns on restoration areas and planted additional prairie areas.
- Constructed access to lake on east side.
- Paved boat launch parking lot
- Installed sand at beach and poured new seawall
- Summit Lake has increased the quality of the native prairie grass plots and reduced the exotics by intense resource management.
- Provided a setting for youth groups to camp, away from the family campground.
- Increase the quantity and quality of parking for the lake use guests.
- Participated in numerous training opportunities (Street Smart 9-5,Security training, etc.,)
- Increased the usability of the park by showing awareness of ADA issues.
- Assisted R.E.M.C. with burial of 5 miles of electric lines servicing property. Two miles were previously overhead while two miles of underground 3-phase was replaced.
- New campground electrical service and boxes (120 sites)
- 18 cabins in Camp Potawatomi group camp received major exterior repairs. In keeping with historic preservation guidelines, original boards were replaced on a board by board basis. About 100 shutters were repaired or replaced.
24 buildings were repainted throughout the property.
- Installation of new water line to Horsemen’s Campground.
- Expansion of Youth Tent Area (2 sites)
- Construction of several new vault toilets
- expansion of Fire Tower Picnic Area.
- Completed riverbank stabilization project at Tippecanoe River's river shelter/nature center area.
- Major reorganization of the Service Area/Yard
- Conducted successful white-tailed deer reduction hunts
- Several miles of horse/hiking trails had wet areas filled and graded.
- New 50 amp electrical service was installed at the Family Campground.
- Large areas of invasive plant species were eradicated.
- The restrooms at the park office were rehabilitated, including new flooring, walls, etc.
- The main pillars at the entrance gatehouse were replaced.
Combining Turkey Run and Shades management and administrative duties�
- Began work purchasing drinking water.�
- Work proceeding on rehab of waste water treatment facility�
- Lusk Land Fill rehab work completed.�
- Work on friends group for Shades + Turkey began�
- Interpretive signs for coal mine and other areas ready for installation�
- Inn pool roof rehabbed�
- Rehab work to historical structures; roof on Lusk Home + Log Church, major rehab work on Log Church
Shades State Park:�
- Rehabbed trail structure on trail #7�
- Replaced water main from large parking lot to modern restroom�
- Resurfaced campground road and office parking lot�
- Replaced both pumps and motors at swimming pool.�
- Replaced 10 inch drain valve at swimming pool�
- Rehab swimming pool lockers.�
- Replaced swimming pool waterslide by contractor.�
- Installed steam table at group camp kitchen.�
- Landscape bare soil bank at group camp kitchen with green cover plants.�
- Conducted safe deer reduction hunts in November and December�
- Installed new shingle roof at nature center.�
- Kept all restrooms clean with 25 percent reduction in staff.�
- Mowed all high traffic areas with 25 percent reduction in staff.�
- Hosted annual fireworks in July, and annual Bluegrass Festival weekend in October.�
- Coordinated work with Ripley County Saddle Club to repair more than 40 wet areas on bridle trails.�
- South maintenance crew assisted with bridle trail repairs.
- Trenched electric line to property manager's garage.
- Connected sewer to municipality
- Upgraded water connection to municipality
- Completed maintenance and construction work at Marina
- Added new courtesy docks at most ramps, new concrete seawall and sidewalks at the Sailboat Marina and at Mounds
- Completed significant work on horse and hiking trails throughout the property.
- Completion of the Whitewater Spillway Project, including replacement of the spillway, addition of a stairway next to the spillway, replacement of the boat ramp on Whitewater Lake, addition of a courtesy dock, addition of an accessible ramp/sidewalk, rehabilitation of the boat house, addition of accessible parking spaces.
- Re-configured Horsemen’s Campground and constructed several new campsites
- Constructed new countertops and storage cabinets in the naturalist cabin
- Completed significant work on horse and hiking trails throughout the property.
- Made connections to municipal sewer and water systems.
- Conducted successful white-tailed deer reduction hunts.
- Addition of 5 miles of hiking trail, installed with volunteer help
- Replacement of couches in 6 cabins and curtains in 3 cabins
- Replacement of drinking water tanks at Hanna Creek and Quakertown Campground
- Relocation of a pit toilet at Hanna Creek
- Completed the replacement of 8 courtesy docks at 4 boat ramps
- Addition of a courtesy dock extension and sea wall at Hanna Creek
- Rehabilitation work completed to the interior of Whitewater Office
- Connection completed to city water supply at Whitewater State Park
- Connection in progress to connect to city sewer at Whitewater State Park
- Replaced 400 feet of horse fence at Whitewater Horse Barn
- Reroofed a shower house at Whitewater Campground
- Painted the exterior of 2 shower houses at Whitewater Campground
- Constructed 2 courtesy docks at Templeton Creek Ramp
- Installed new ceiling tile and florescent lights at Whitewater Beach House
- Installed 6 waterless urinals at Mounds Beach House; ten additional ones are planned.
- Moved the Cataract Falls bridge off of its foundation to an area of land where major structural rehab work can be performed at a later date and then moved back over the river after work is complete.
Cecil M. Harden/Raccoon and Mansfield Mill
- Major rehab of 2 comfort stations at Raccoon Lake.
- Paving of campground roads and 3 parking lots.�
- Implemented the Adopt-A-Ramp program at 2 ramps�
- Installed (successfully) self-registration stations at all 4 outlying ramps.�
- Developed a reforestation and wildflower planting strategy for areas previously mowed.
- Opened/Operated a General Store at the Mill
- Refurbished the main lift station�
- Bought 85 acres of additional land�
- Installed a satellite dish at the office to help us to connect to the Internet�
- Stocked grass carp to help to control the weeds in the lake�
- Started a friends group at Hardy Lake�
- Constructed accessible fishing access at North Boat Ramp
- Constructed concrete seawall and accessible walk at North Boat Ramp
- Gabled flat roof at well house — North Boat Ramp
- Reduced mowing throughout and planted large patches of wildflowers
- Constructed/installed three new Romtec vault toilet units.
- Added accesses to shelter houses in Little Turtle.
- Constructed new wetland sewage treatment plants
- Replaced three sewage lift stations
- Upgraded electrical service at the check station
- Constructed several new wildlife ponds in the management units.
- Added a screening fence near corps pond in Little Turtle.
- Constructed wildlife ponds in management units
- Renovated diving platform into an ADA accessible fishing pier at one of our many ponds.�
- Placed new piers at boatramp for boaters to access their boats
- Replaced roofs on modern restrooms at Kil-So-Quah SRA.
- Constructed new wetland type treatment plant at Kil-So-Quah SRA replacing outdated treatment plant.�
- Repaired sidewalks at beach.�
- Made inventory with GPS mapping system of buildings, structures, trails etc.�
- Increased number of individuals volunteering.�
- Surveyed new boundaries of new property below dam and started wildlife management practices.�
- Expanded food plot program in wildlife areas to increase wildlife populations.�
- Harvested sunflowers and distributed free seed to other properties and local nursing homes.�
- Renovated three ponds on the property in wildlife areas.�
- Planted 90 acres of sunflowers for our mourning dove program.�
- Hosted annual youth dove hunt with more than 30 participants.�
- Hosted special hunts for dove hunting and pheasants hunting with more than 2000 participants.�
- Increased the number of users in our wildlife areas.�
- Survived no money no intermittent employees for a fall season.�
- Maintained our recreation areas with a minimum number of employees.�
- New comfort station new service building extention� re-paving all but one Boat Ramp and all of Fairfax
- S.R.A Construction has began on the raising of the Boat Ramp at Paynetown S.R.A.
- New force main sewer at Paynetown , to solve high water problems�.
- $800,000 in road and parking lot maintenance (paving) was completed.
- Constructed new campground gate house
- Remodeled entrance gate
- Remodeled specialist's and manager's residences
- Constructed fish cleaning station
- Installed all new fire rings on more than 400 campsites
- Constructed wetlands sewage treatment plants at outlying ramps
- Rehabbed several pit toilets
- 1812 Battle reenactment (record turn out and Mississinewa receives $3,000).
- Hosted another successful Autumn Camping Weekend.
- Construction of three package plant wetland sewage treatment facilities to service outlying areas.
- Implementation of a self-registration program at all boat ramps.
- Completed two ADA projects with a new fishing platform and accessible office entrance.
- Made improvements to campground resurfacing all campsites, adding 188 new fire pits, corrected drainage problems, trimming trees and pushing back brush lines in B site areas to make sites more usable.
- Drained and reconditioned toured fishing lake to enhance habitat and fishing opportunities.
- Sided and painted four property buildings.
- Rehabilitated two courtesy docks.
- Reworked drainage at beach.
- Replaced roofs on two shelter houses
- Repaired 2 fireplaces with concrete leveling to straighten chimneys on shelter houses
- Concrete repair on office sidewalk
- Replaced bad siding spots on office and beach house
- Widened bike trail edges to original surface (6.2 miles) and patched 4 tons of asphalt cold patch on potholes
- Removed six acres of mowing around three ramps and fitness trail by planting wildflowers, prairie grasses and trees.
- Renovated two pond dams that were leaking
- Assisted Fish & Wildlife with construction of osprey hacking tower for re-introduction
- Constructed new wetland sewage treatment plants
- Converted Lost Bridge East S.R.A. to day use accessible hunting area.
- Completed construction of new nature center
- Completed a great deal of repair work on horse trails at Salamonie River State Forest
- Converted 800 acres to special small game management unit.
- Expanded service yard to include a general reorganization of the entire area.
- Met goals of reducing expenses (and public services) due to budget crisis, including closing the Lost Bridge East Primitive Campground, the Lost Bridge East and Mt. Hope S.R.A's, reducing mowing of recreation areas, reducing night security personnel and implementing self-service fee collection at the open boat ramps.
- Got volunteers to handle maintenance projects to reopen the Lost Bridge East SRA.
- Salamonie's new interpretive center was opened and dedicated
- Horse trails (15 miles) at the Salamonie River State Forest were all remarked and improved. Poor trails were rerouted and illegal trails closed. Sensitive plant communities were protected.
- The appearance and function of the service area was improved by expanding the storage area and erecting a new fence.
- A small game management Area was established in Wildlife Units S-3 and 30 as a pilot project to intensively manage habitat and hunting efforts to help reestablish ground-nesting bird populations and benefit small game populations.
- Four new constructed wetlands were constructed to replace 4 sewage treatment plants that no longer functioned properly. A new sewage absorption field was also constructed for the Salamonie State Forest service area as a part of the same contract.
- Preliminary designs were begun for completely rehabilitating the Lost Bridge West sewage treatment system.
- Concept plans were drawn for public comment for a new campground in the Lost Bridge West SRA.
Farm Progress Show
Indiana Conservation Partnership personnel participated in this 3-state on-farm show. Visually reaching approximately 25,000 people, the Partnership's watershed education component of the show resulted in more than 100 well water tests. Jim Moseley, U.S.D.A. deputy secretary, stated, "This is the best example of showing conservation tillage and erosion control I've ever seen."
Pathway to Water Quality at the Indiana State Fair
The Pathway to Water Quality, designed to demonstrate water quality conservation practices in seven different areas including urban, animal agriculture, woodland, highly erodible cropland, wetlands, soils, and youth education, reaches more than 22,000 visitors to the Indiana State Fair.
Conservation Tillage Transect Data
The Indiana Conservation Partnership statistically tracks conservation tillage and cropland use in Indiana. The 2002 survey revealed that 21 percent of corn and 56 percent of soybeans were planted in no-till fields in the 88 counties surveyed. This is a prime indicator of soil erosion control.
Basic Training for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors
Many new SWCD supervisors are unfamiliar with their duties, the responsibilities of districts according to State law, and the role of the members of the Indiana Conservation Partnership. In 2002, the DNR/Purdue Conservation Program Specialists and the NRCS Assistant State Conservationists conducted six statewide basic training workshops for new supervisors.
Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor (SWCD) Summer Splash
More than 200 SWCD and Indiana Conservation Partnership personnel attended the 2002 Supervisor Summer Splash. The 2-day workshop creates awareness in SWCD Supervisors upcoming soil and water conservation challenges and opportunities.
Annual Conference of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs)
Based on the theme "Enhancing Quality of Life in the New Economy," the 2002 Annual Conference of SWCDs helped supervisors and staff better understand their roles in preserving Indiana's rural character. More than 600 people attended the 3-day event held at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.
Hoosier Riverwatch Training Workshops
Hoosier Riverwatch coordinators teach adult educators and citizen volunteers about watersheds, point and nonpoint source water pollution, and pollution reduction methods by means of six to seven-hour training workshops held throughout Indiana. In addition, participants learn to assess habitat, chemical, and biological conditions in streams and rivers using standardized protocols. In 2001, Hoosier Riverwatch conducted 52 full-day workshops and trained 550 volunteer stream monitors.
Project WET Workshops
More than 500 people participated in 25 Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) workshops held throughout Indiana. Of these participants, 30 percent acknowledged that they impacted more than 46,000 students annually with water education activities. Participants were from more than 60 counties and several other states. Trained, skilled, volunteer facilitators conducted these workshops. In addition, an estimated 10,000 children and adults participated in "Make a Splash" with Project WET water education days at more than 40 sites.
Stormwater and Sediment Control Program
Addressing soil erosion/sedimentation concerns associated with non-agricultural lands, including residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, and public construction activities and special land uses, the Stormwater and Sediment Control Program provided technical assistance in the review and revision of 796 erosion and sediment control plans, conducted more than 2500 site evaluations, conducted 72 educational programs for private and governmental sectors, and coordinated with IDEM on implementation of 327 IAC 15-5 (Rule 5), a state regulation aimed at minimizing off-site damages from construction site erosion and sedimentation resulting in 137 permits referred to compliance and/or enforcement and follow-up.
Lake and River Enhancement Program (LARE)
$5 boat fees generate approximately $1.2 million annually that is distributed statewide as grants for evaluation studies of the ecology of lakes and streams, engineering and construction of ecological remediation measures, and watershed-based soil and water conservation projects.
As part of ongoing implementation of the Indiana Wetlands Conservation Plan, its outreach component was pursued through dissemination of wetlands newsletters, development and presentation of relevant materials at citizen workshops, and facilitation of a statewide wetlands conference.
Agricultural Conservation Program
Working to reduce erosion on agricultural land, along with associated nutrient transport, the division's six agricultural conservation specialists approved 239 of 250 conservation plans and provided technical assistance to 104 watershed projects and surveyed or assisted in the design of 383 projects.
District Technical Support
Providing assistance to more than 14,300 Indiana residents, the division's resource specialists provided statewide technical support and landowner assistance in the development and implementation of land conservation practices saving more than 317,000 tons of soil in 2002.
Lake Michigan Coastal Program
On Sept. 20, 2002, Indiana celebrated the approval of the Lake Michigan Coastal Program by the national Coastal Zone Management Program. Indiana is now the 34th state and territory participating in this highly successful program to improve management of our nation's coasts. The Lake Michigan Coastal Program will receive approximately $1 million annually for implementation. The program will primarily be implemented through the Coastal Grants Program, which will provide funding for local projects to protect, restore, and responsibly develop coastal resources in the Lake Michigan watershed.
A new Dam Safety Act (IC 14-27-7.5) became law. The new law requires owners of high hazard dams to "have a professional engineer licensed under IC 25-31 make a technical inspection of the high hazard structure and prepare or revise the emergency action plan for the structure at least one (1) time every two (2) years".
A multi-agency team responded to an emergency involving a high hazard dam at Fontanet, Vigo County. Staff from the divisions of Water, Law Enforcement, and Reclamation cooperated with the Attorney General's Office and Vigo County authorities to conduct a controlled breach and lower the lake level.
Staff responded to an emergency at Brush Creek Dam. A contract was let to install a riser pipe to the existing lake drain. The new riser pipe would allow the reservoir water level to fall 10 feet below normal pool level. A second riser pipe will also be installed to allow water releases when the reservoir is below the opening for the upper riser.
Staff helped local communities affected by two Federal Disaster Declarations, one for flooding and one for tornado damage, comply with their floodplain regulations.
Staff cooperated with representatives from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACED) to draft the General Guidelines for the Hydrologic-Hydraulic Assessment of Floodplains in Indiana (online). These guidelines will help floodplain management professionals evaluate projects in accordance with the Flood Control Act and the National Flood Insurance Program.
Staff initiated a program to generate Flood way / Flood Boundary Studies for areas of Indiana that lack floodplain analysis. These studies will help local floodplain officials, and Division staff, make easier and more accurate decisions regarding potential development in and around a floodplain. New studies were completed for the following areas:
- West Fork White River in Spencer, Owen County
- Plum Run in Clarksburg, Clark County
- Sweet Creek / West Little Sugar Creek, Shelby County
- Staff completed a comprehensive ground water report for the White and West Fork White River Basin. The report contains 118 pages and 35 plates / maps. There are 5,600 square miles in the WFWR Basin — 15 percent of Indiana's land area.
- Staff created the Indiana Water Resource Update Web page, which provides monthly water resource status updates for the State (online).
- A reorganization plan for the Ground Water, Basin Studies, and Water Rights Sections was developed internally, and approved by the Executive Office. Existing staff was reassigned to two new Sections (Resource Assessment and Water Rights / Use). The new structure should eliminate overlapping tasks identified in the prior organization.
- An SEA 368 Inspection Form was created in cooperation with County Surveyors. The form will help local drainage boards / surveyors comply with the SEA 368 requirements, and reduce DNR's review time.
Database Improvements, Additions
- Staff designed the Geographical Research for Internal Data (GRID) GIS research tool, which has dramatically reduced the research time required for new permit applications. Staff can now conduct a digital search for local information using a map of Indiana, rather than searching through paper files.
- The Division of Water was named as a semi-finalist for the Council of State Governments America's Best Innovations award. The honor recognizes the division's efforts in reorganization / restructuring, and development of the Unity Database.