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Conservation for fish, wildlife, and YOU!

Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife enriches the quality of life for present and future people of Indiana by ensuring that fish and wildlife have a place to live and thrive.

  • How conservation benefits you
    • Conservation of habitats keeps wild spaces wild and provides cleaner water and air for us all.
    • Places where fish and wildlife live also serve as wonderful places for recreation. These places are oases for people like you to go outside, find peace and quiet, see something new, and share time with others in your life.
  • Protecting fish, wildlife, and the places they live requires a plan

    In 2000, the United States Congress recognized that states needed funding designed to benefit the incredible variety of wildlife and the places they live. The funding was provided through State and Tribal Wildlife Grants, which currently provide about $965,000 per year to the Division of Fish & Wildlife, with the provision that each state develops and publishes a strategy for conservation.

    Indiana develops a conservation strategy through the State Wildlife Action Plan. This plan provides prioritized conservation actions that direct the work of all Indiana conservation partners, not just the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

  • Conservation vision and action planning — 10 years at a time

    The Indiana State Wildlife Action Plan focuses on protecting and improving the places that all of Indiana’s fish and wildlife, including Indiana’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need, live. Since the current Indiana State Wildlife Action Plan was written in 2015, a new plan drafting process will begin in 2023, with a planned completion date of 2025.

Indiana’s State Wildlife Action Plan at work

The Indiana State Wildlife Action Plan uses a regional approach to focus the Indiana DNR’s conservation work. Find your county on the map below, click on the region you live in, and learn more about what makes your part of the state unique and how Indiana DNR works with its partners to protect fish, wildlife, and the places they call home.