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Conservation Day at the Statehouse

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Don’t miss this annual opportunity to have your voice heard for natural resources in Indiana.

Make your voice heard!  Join us at Conservation Day. Register today!

 

REGISTER FOR CONSERVATION DAY!

The Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA), "a unified voice advocating for public funding for land, water, and wildlife conservation," invites you to attend its annual Conservation Day at the Statehouse sponsored by our members representing 27 local and statewide organizations. INCA members share a common interest in the protection, stewardship and sustainable use of our natural resources. Please join us!

Conservation Day at the Statehouse
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
North Atrium
Reception begins at 11:00 with words from Former Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman
Followed by Awards Ceremony, Lunch and conversation at 11:15 a.m.

Remember, the more people that attend Conservation 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!

Please click HERE to register for Conservation Day 2014.

Unlike in years past, we do not have specific legislative priorities for this non-budget session of the Indiana General Assembly. Members of INCA are looking forward to hearing an update from former Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, co-chair of the Bicentennial Commission, on the work that has been accomplished by the Commission and the Department of Natural Resources through the Bicentennial Nature Trust.

As in years past, we have selected two legislators to be honored for their work to protect Indiana’s natural resources: President pro tempore David Long and Representative Mike Karickhoff.

INCA members look forward to meeting their legislators to share success stories of three important Indiana conservation programs: Clean Water Indiana, the Indiana Heritage Trust and the Bicentennial Nature Trust. Below is information about each of these programs and their appropriations in the 2013 budget bill and the funds made available to the Bicentennial Commission for the Bicentennial Nature Trust:

  1. The Clean Water Indiana (CWI) program was created to protect and enhance the water quality of Indiana’s lakes, rivers and streams, by reducing the amount of polluted storm water runoff entering our surface and groundwater from urban and rural lands. We successfully advocated for a $2 million biennial general fund appropriation.
  2. The Indiana Heritage Trust (IHT) protects important natural lands for state and local parks, forests, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves, state recreation areas and historic sites. We advocated for a biennial appropriation which effectively matches each dollar raised by Hoosiers purchasing the environment license plate with $2 of state funds. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful, although IHT received $97,000 per year. We were pleased that it continued to have a line in the state budget.
  3. The Bicentennial Nature Trust was established in 2012 with a $20 million transfer of funds to the Natural Resources Foundation by Governor Daniels to, in his words, “protect still more of our most precious natural spaces… a fitting sequel and bequest from our second century to our third.” The state’s $20 million was matched with $10 million from the Lilly Endowment. While the Alliance advocated for a biennial appropriation unsuccessfully, the program is flourishing and funds are being spent and matched by private dollars. We look forward to sharing more details will be provided at Conservation Day.
Security

Security is the same as in past years and you do not need an admittance pass. You must enter through either the east or west entrances (the only public entrances) which have metal detectors. Due to increased attendance this year, please keep in mind the extra time it may take to get through security at the statehouse.

The Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA) is a state-wide network of nonprofit organizations providing a unified voice for the conservation and wise use of our natural resource to enhance our quality of life.

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