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[DNR] NRC approves Conrad Station Nature Preserve
Start Date: 5/14/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/14/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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The Natural Resources Commission on Tuesday approved the Conrad Station Nature Preserve in Newton County, a 342-acre property in the tallgrass prairie region of northwest Indiana.

It is the 252nd site to receive nature preserve status and was purchased in 1998 with assistance from the Indiana Heritage Trust program.

The site, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy, consists primarily of a black oak savannah, sand prairie, and a high-quality prairie restoration. It connects with a large area that includes TNC’s 7,200-acre Kankakee Sands, Beaver Lake Nature Preserve and Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area.

The Commission elected new DNR director Cameron Clark as the group’s secretary, replacing Rob Carter. Gov. Mike Pence appointed Clark as DNR director last Friday.

Among other actions, the Commission gave:

–Final approval for a requested slip rental rate increase for Kent’s Harbor Marina at Brookville Reservoir and for the Lake Monroe Sailing Association at Lake Monroe.

–Preliminary approval of a proposal that makes permanent modifications to a special boating ecozone near the Ball Wetland that lies between Tippecanoe Lake and James Lake in Kosciusko County. The ecozone was established in 2009 with a scheduled expiration of Jan. 1, 2014. Tuesday’s action makes permanent the modified ecozone, which was established to protect the wetland, enhance public safety, and create a clearly enforceable speed zone.

–Approval of changes to a non-rule policy that shifts federal consistency reviews from the DNR’s Lake Michigan Coastal Zone Program staff to the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife’s environmental unit.

Also, Sara Wesner was introduced to the Commission as the new assistant manager for Deer Creek and Wabashiki Fish & Wildlife Areas.
 
The NRC is an autonomous board that addresses issues pertaining to the DNR. Its membership includes the DNR director, heads of three other state agencies (Environmental Management, Tourism, and Transportation), six citizens appointed by the governor on a bipartisan basis, the chair of the NRC’s advisory council, and the president of the Indiana Academy of Science.
 
The Commission’s next scheduled meeting is July 16 at Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis.
Contact Information:
Name: Phil Bloom
Phone: (317) 232-4003
Email: dnrnews@dnr.in.gov
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