Indiana's State Wildlife Action Plan - Successes

The Private Lands Program Coordinator used the SWAP to choose species for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Program (SAFE). This program is outlined below:

Purpose of the SAFE program

  • To restore short stature grassland habitat for grassland songbirds and bobwhite quail and maintain the cover in a diversity of successional stages that meet the nesting and brood rearing requirements of those species.
  • To restore forested hardwood canopy areas that will enhance connectivity among existing tracts and provide high quality habitat for the Indiana bat.
  • To restore the functions and values of wetland ecosystems that have been devoted to agricultural use for breeding and/or migratory habitat for sedge wrens and other songbirds, marsh birds, and reptiles and amphibians, and to provide migratory habitat for shorebirds. 

Where Practice Applies
On fields that meet eligibility requirements for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) as determined by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). 

Conservation Reserve Program Policy

  • Fields must be located within counties identified in the a) Northern bobwhite, b) Henslow’s sparrow,  c) Sedge wren/grasshopper Sparrow, or d) Indiana bat Priority Area.
  • The contract duration for SAFE is 10-15 years.

SWAP was actually cited in the original proposal submitted to the Farm Service Agency in the United States Department of Agriculture. This proposal was accepted and SAFE enrollment started in 2008.  As of December 2012, Indiana had 17,810 acres enrolled in SAFE which has resulted in quality wildlife habitat created across the State.

List of External (Partnership-based) Projects funded through the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program (2007 to present)

Details of these projects can be found on the Nongame & Endangered Wildlife Program Annual Report page.

  • Population Genetics of the Allegheny Woodrat in Indiana (Translocation of Allegheny Woodrats to Indiana) (10/1/2005 – 9/30/2009) – Purdue University and The Nature Conservancy
  • Assessment of Eastern Hellbender Population Status in the Blue River, IN (Hellbender Ecology and Genetics) (8/1/2007 – 9/1/2011) – Purdue University and The Nature Conservancy
  • Assessment of the Role of Interstate Highways as Barriers to Gene Flow and Metapopulation Persistence in Mammals from Indiana (1/1/2008 – 12/31/2011) – Purdue University
  • Genetic Analysis of Lake Sturgeon Tissue Relative to Sex Determination (1/31/2008 – 7/1/2009) – Great Lakes Fishery Trust
  • Redside Dace (Clinostomus elongatus) in Mill Creek, Wabash County Indiana:  A Strategy for Population Research (9/1/2008 – 6/30/2012) – Manchester College
  • Ecology and Population Genetics of Eastern Box Turtles in Indiana (1/1/2009 – 12/31/2013) – Purdue University
  • Short-term Response of Timber Rattlesnakes to Timber Management in Indiana (1/1/2009 – 12/31/2012) – Purdue University
  • Local and Landscape Habitat Associations, Population Ecology, and Future Recovery of Crawfish Frogs (Rana areolata) in Indiana (1/1/2009 – 6/30/2012) – Indiana University
  • Captive Propagation of Allegheny Woodrats (7/1/2009 – 6/31/2012) – Purdue University
  • Repatriation of Eastern Hellbenders via Translocations and Head-starting (1/1/2011 – 12/31/2013) – Purdue University and The Nature Conservancy
  • Evaluating Awareness and Attitudes of Humans toward the Eastern Hellbender in the Blue River Watershed (1/1/2011 – 12/31/2012) – Purdue University, Missouri Department of Conservation, and The Nature Conservancy
  • Role of Wild Mammal, Especially Woodrats, and Birds in Seed Survival:  Implications for Oak Regeneration and Chestnut Restoration (2/15/2011 – 12/31/2013) – Purdue University and The Nature Conservancy
  • A Model-based Tool for Recovery Management of Allegheny Woodrats (9/1/2012 – 6/30/2014) – Purdue University and The Nature Conservancy

Land Acquisition

  • Harrison Springs, Harrison County (40 acres) – in partnership with The Nature Conservancy
  • Sorbo and Strube tracts in the Knobstone Escarpment/Knobs area, Floyd County (343 acres)
  • Bob Kern Nature Preserve, Fulton County (167.87 acres)
  • Bloomington Office (Girl Scout Office Complex), Monroe County (11.8 acres)