Indiana Department of Natural Resources broke ground Friday on a new DNR regional headquarter and visitor center in Linton. Gov. Mitch Daniels joined DNR and Linton officials for the event.
Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife area is the largest wetland conservation project of its kind in Indiana. Daniels says Goose Pond was the starting point for conservation in Indiana.
“Goose Pond is where this new era of protecting our natural environmental beauty began,” Daniels said at the groundbreaking.
The first phase of Goose Pond project will be the construction of DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife office followed by the second phase construction of the visitor’s center. Construction is scheduled to start this year.
“I think it will be a big economic boost to Green County and the area around it,” Daniels said.
Friends of Goose Pond President Thomas Ciskowski presented Daniels with a $25,000 check towards the construction of the visitor’s center.
“I believe that we need to partner with other organizations throughout the area and drum up money for the visitor center,” Ciskowski said.
Ciskowski says the visitor center will serve as an education center where people can learn about the wetland. The center will also serve as a recreational event facility.