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Our Winter 2011/2012 issue features articles about the year in conservation, IWF's 2012 calendar, Indiana's Healthy Rivers INitiative, and more!

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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

    Vol. 50 No. 4VOICE OF THE INDIANA WILDLIFE FEDERATION

    Hoosier Conservation (ISSN 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 Federation, 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. USPS No. 249820.

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    The holiday season was an excellent time to reflect on past ac-complishments and at the same time set our sights on the new year with its challenges and opportunities.

    This past year with IWF has been one of the most rewarding years Ive had. Im proud to be part of such a strong grassroots organization committed to the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources.

    And that grassroots part is the key to our successusing our voices, our time and talents to influence state natural resources policies, educate families, children, and individuals throughout the

    state, advocate for wildlife, and implement programs that help provide clean water and more wildlife habitat in Indiana.

    We are able to accomplish all these things only through the generous support from our many partners and members like you: individuals, conservation clubs and associa-tions, corporate sponsors, partner nonprofits and government agencies.

    This time of year we are all receiving mailings from charitable organizations asking for just a bit more financial support. IWF is no different; we are always fundraising and doing our best to use funds wisely to sustain and grow our programs.

    In getting to know the organization, Ive learned that much of our support comes in the way of many small donations that add up to make a significant contribution to our efforts. Its never too late to contribute to IWF, and we hope youll consider IWF for a small portion of the financial gifts you have to share.

    Thank you all for helping make 2011 a great success, whether through your membership, donating to our auctions, sharing the fun at our first Devotion to Wildlife summer concert, or volunteering to help IWF carry the message of Com-mon Sense Conservation.

    Looking forward to 2012, one of our top priorities is serving on the Sustainable Natural Resources Task Force charged with assessing Indianas programs and funding for natural resources. The task force is gathering information and will develop recommenda-tions regarding what actions Indiana must take to assure our natural resources will be here for future generations to use and enjoy.

    This is no small challenge. The task force to date has heard testimony regarding bio-diversity in Indiana and the health of wildlife and forests. There also have been reports from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Agriculture.

    The meetings are open to the public, and I encourage all IWF conservation groups and individuals to attend as many of the task force meetings as you can. There is a wealth of information being shared.

    For the task force to succeed and its recommendations to be adopted, it will take strong support from conservation groups throughout the state, not just those serving on the task force.

    Please track the progress of the task force by attending the public meetings. You may also read the minutes and review the slide presentations on www.indianawildlife.org.

    The dates for the next three task force meetings have been set: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, and Mar. 28. They have presentations, respectively, on air, soil, and water resources. We hope to see you there. Dont hesitate to call me if you would like to learn more.

    Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.Warm Wishes and Peace to All,

    Barb

    Reflecting on a rewarding year and challenges to come

    On the cover: A solitary angler braves the cold for a prize catch in a tributary of the Galien River on the Indiana-Michigan border. Photo/Tim Scott

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    We ask a lot of our members. Whether requesting donations, letters to politicians, volunteer time, or help spreading our mes-sage, we rely on our members to support IWF in any way possible.

    Rarely do we have the opportunity to demonstrate our gratitude in a more substantial way than a simple thank you e-mail or letter.

    Last October, we showed our gratitude for all of your hard work by throwing our second annual Member Appreciation Celebration. Dreary fall weather forced the intimate crowd to move inside, but ev-eryone warmed up with homemade chili, venison kabobs, and sweet treats.

    A jazz trio from Butler University provided the soundtrack for the evening as attendees enjoyed each others com-pany along with locally brewed beer and donated wine.

    It was a special evening, and we regret only that we cannot host similar events around the state to make it easier for all of

    our members to attend.When we say thank you, either in

    person, through e-mail, or our magazine, know that we mean it. Our members make IWF an effective and influential organization.

    Thank you to those who attended our

    Member Appreciation Celebration, and thank you to everyone else who supports Common Sense Conservation.

    Special thanks go out to IWF board members who cooked for the evening as well as John Bunner and Dale Back for providing raffle items.

    Conservation Day at the Statehouse (Jan. 24)

    Presented by the Indiana Conservation Alliance, Conservation Day is an incred-ible opportunity to show our elected officials that Hoosiers care about protect-ing our precious natural resources and preserving our environment.

    Meet your legislator at our reception and talk to them about how important conservation and preservation of our natural resources is to you. Prior to Conservation Day we will record a web-ex presentation with topics to be discussed with your legislator.

    Pre-register on our website by Jan. 19. The more people who attend Conserva-tion Day, the bigger the impact. Come for the whole day or just for your lunch hour. Carpool with co-workers, friends and family or take a brisk walk to the

    Statehouse, and help make a difference.

    Marsh Madness (March 2-3)Join us at the Greene County Marsh

    Madness Festival to celebrate the countys abundant and beautiful natural areas.

    On Sunday, IWF will lead Restor-ing Indianas Wetlands & Wildlife: The Wetlands Reserve Program and Healthy Rivers INitiative, a workshop covering the Indiana Healthy Rivers INitiative and the importance of wetlands and landowner assistance programs in the Wabash River-Sugar Creek and Muscatatuck Bottoms project areas.

    Earth Day Indiana Festival (April 28)

    The crowds grow larger every year for this popular Earth Day celebration at White River State Park in Indianapolis. IWF will provide fun family activities while educating

    everyone about our priorities and projects. We will need lots of volunteer sup-

    port for the festival; e-mail volunteer@indianawildlife.org to get involved.

    Annual Business Meeting and Conservation Awards Banquet (May 19)

    See the short piece on page 11 for more details about this years annual busi-ness meeting and conservation awards banquet.

    Devotion to Wildlife (June 9)IWF presents the second install-

    ment of its annual Devotion to Wildlife concert series. This years concert will feature the Wright Brothers Acoustic Trio Unplugged at West Park in Carmel. Ticketing information will be available soon. Please contact us for volunteer and sponsorship information.

    IWF Coming EventsMark your calendars now for these special events

    Another successful Member Appreciation Celebration

    IWF members enjoy homemade chili and desserts during the 2011 Member Appreciation Celebration. Thank you to our helpful cooks and donors.

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