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Our fall issue features articles on the Sustainabile Natural Resources Task Force, invasive species, and campus sustainability.

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  • PresidentSteve Cecil

    First Vice-PresidentGlenn Lange

    Second Vice-PresidentDoug Allman

    SecretaryShaena Reinhart

    TreasurerAdam McLane

    National Wildlife Federation Representative

    Dr. Dave HoffmanImmediate Past President

    Shaena ReinhartExecutive DirectorBarbara Simpson

    EditorStephen Sellers

    Graphic Design/LayoutJulie Kirkendoll

    PrintingThe Papers, Incorporated

    Milford, IndianaPlease address all advertising

    and editorial inquires to: Editor

    4715 W. 106th StreetZionsville, IN 46077

    Phone: 317-875-9453Email: editor@indianawildlife.orgThe Indiana Wildlife Federation is

    considered a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service

    VOICE OF THE INDIANA WILDLIFE FEDERATIONHoosier Conservation (155N NO. 0199.6894) is published quarterly by Indiana Wildlife Federation, an independent statewide organization of affiliated conservation clubs and concerned citizens of Indiana. IWF is the Indiana affiliate of the National Wildlife Federations, and is incorporated under the laws of the State of Indiana as a non-profit corporation. Hoosier Conservation is a membership periodical available only to the various classes of IWF members and is not sold by subscription.Periodical Office: The Papers, P.O. Box 188, Milford, IN 46542. Periodical postage paid at Milford, IN.Editorial Office: Manuscripts, news releases, and cor-respondence directed specifically to the Editor should be addressed to: H.C. Editor, 4715 W. 106th Street, Zionsville, IN. Manuscripts, photographs, or artwork should be accompanied by self-addressed envelopes with return postage. However, Hoosier Conservation assumes no liability for the return of unsolicited materials. Material appearing in Hoosier Conservation may be reproduced with the appropriate credit lines unless designated a .Membership and Business Office: Correspondence about membership, delivery of Hoosier Conservation, or general business should be addressed to 4715 W. 106th Street, Zionsville, IN 46077.Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to Hoosier Conservation, 4715 W. 106th Street, Zionsville, IN 46077.

    2 | Hoosier Conservation Meet us on the Internet

    n By BarBara SimpSon

    Are we good stewards of Indianas natural resources? If we are, what programs make a difference, and how are we pay-ing for them? Are we doing as well as we should do?

    If we arent, what needs to be done to assure we use and enjoy our states natural resources in a way that protects and provides for the sustainability of Indianas natural resources for future generations?

    These questions are in the process of being answered by the Sustainable Natural Resources Task Force.

    The SNR Task Force was created by the Indiana General Assembly in the 2011 legislative session under Senate Bill 375, authored by Senator Phil Boots and Repre-sentative Tom Saunders.

    The bill passed both the House and the Senate by large majorities and had broad support from conservation organizations throughout the state. Creation of this task force was one of the top five priorities for the Indiana Conservation Alliance, a partnership between dozens of organizations led in part by the Indiana Wildlife Federation.

    The task force consists of 10 members: four legislators and six individuals repre-senting the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana Land Protection Alliance, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association, The Nature Conservancy, and Indiana Wildlife Federation.

    The SNR Task Force is charged to:Collect program and funding information on current natural resource protection

    programs in Indiana.Perform a needs assessment concerning the natural resources programs in Indi-

    ana, including current programs and associated costs.Collect information concerning the natural resource protection programs in

    other states, particularly states bordering Indiana, and collect information on fund-ing and funding mechanisms for the programs.

    The task force will report its findings and recommendations to the Natural Resources Study Committee by November 2012. At the direction of the study com-mittee the task force will conduct any needed follow-up analysis.

    The final report, including findings, recommendations and a report card on the health of Indianas natural resources will be submitted to the General Assembly and the governor by January 1, 2013.

    The SNR Task Force findings and recommendations will have far reaching impact on Indianas future.

    I encourage you to learn more about the task force, the members and the meet-ing schedule by visiting www.indianawildlife.org/snrtf.htm. All meetings are open to the public, and I hope you will attend to show your support for protecting Indi-anas natural heritage for future generations.

    Are we good stewards of Indianas natural resources?

    On the cover: An immature bald eagle has a wonderful view of the White River in northern Marion County. Photo by Stephen Sellers.

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  • Hoosier Conservation | 3www.indianawildlife.org

    In addition to contributions from individuals, clubs, and businesses, IWF depends on substantial grants from a va-riety of organizations. We couldnt do our work without your generous support and the support of these fine organizations:

    Huff Animal Protection TrustA generous, yearly supporter, the Huff

    Animal Protection Trust funds our annual kids contest. For the past two years, we re-placed our photo and poster contest with an online quiz teaching children about wildlife and habitat basics. The quiz grew substantially in popularity since the first year, and we expect even more students to participate next spring.

    National Wildlife FederationNWF passes through grants to support

    advocacy on energy and Great Lakes is-sues. Funding from NWF is used to edu-cate people about the connection between energy issues and wildlife. Also, NWF helps us promote implementation of the Great Lakes Compact, an important

    agreement between the Great Lakes states and provinces to ensure the future health of the critical natural resource.

    Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

    Grants from NMPCT have funded the two-year phosphorus-free campaign. Support from NMCPT has allowed IWF to take the project in several different di-rections. One project reported in this issue of HC shows how IWF is working with faculty, staff and students at Indianas colleges and universities to incorporate wildlife friendly practices in their sustain-ability plans.

    USDA NRCSThe Natural Resources Conserva-

    tion Service is funding two outreach projects informing landowners about the advantages of wildlife friendly practices and how to enroll in NRCS incentives programs. With NRCSs support, IWF is hosting several educational workshops in northwest and southern Indiana.

    Making our work possible

    Conservation in the Little Calumet-Galien watershed

    This fall IWF is holding the first two workshops of a six-part series dedicated to informing landowners of the opportunities for improving their land.

    IWF partners with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to bring landowners of north-west Indiana an educational program highlighting conservation programs and practices that can be utilized to help working lands reach their full potential, all while improving wildlife habitat and boosting water quality.

    Wildlife biologists and other natu-ral resource professionals will discuss region-specific topics such as habitat in agricultural landscapes, manage-ment practices, invasive species, and landowner assistance resources.

    The first workshop, on Aug. 24, featured talks from federal and state conservation officials on how to enroll in conservation incentive programs.

    Our next event, on Nov. 5 at the Pinney-Purdue Ag Center near Wanatah, Ind, will take participants out into the field. Wildlife biologists and other natural resource profession-als will show examples of programs and practices landowners can use to improve their land and maximize its value to wildlife.

    First-hand examples of resource concerns and suggested practices will be shown on an intensively-managed, working farm.

    Watch for more workshop dates and information posted on www. indianawildlife.org. Please register on our homepage, or e-mail stoelting@ indianawildlife.org.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    IWFs Barbara Simpson and Marija Watson (back row) stop for a picture with the NMPCT board of trustees (L to R) Carol Peden Schilling, Frank E. Russell, and Nancy M. Russell at the grant presentation ceremony.

  • 4 | Hoosier Conservation Meet us on the Internet

    n By Gene HopkinSThe sporting community lost a great

    friend recently when Richard Dick Mer-cier, 85, lost his battle with cancer.

    Dick was well known for his love of bird dogs, having raised and trained many champion dogs over the years. A very avid hunter and fisherman, Dick was at his best while in the fields and streams pursuing his quarry. Seeing Dick with his shotgun and bird dogs seemed as natural as anything God created it was just meant to be.

    My relationship with Dick began when I had the honor of working with him for several years during my tenure as President and then Legislative Chairman for the Indiana Bowhunters Association. I looked to Dick for sage advice, fully expecting him to tell me exactly what he thought and not what he thought that I wanted to hear.

    It did not matter to Dick what the sub-ject was; in his mind there was always a path to finding the logic required to solve any dilemma.

    Dick could be referred to accurately as a visionary. Dick recognized befor

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