Indiana Gains 800 Conservation Acres From Legal Settlement

The settlement with Indiana Michigan Power includes four plots of land, including two that will become a part of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.

Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Maxey Marsh at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.

Indiana is gaining 800 acres of conservation area as the result of a legal settlement over air quality between a power company and a collection of environmental agencies.

The settlement with Indiana Michigan Power includes four plots of land–one near Centerville, another near Sugar Creek and two near the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.

According to the settlement, Indiana Michigan Power must invest $2.5 million to improve air quality in Indiana through several projects including $500,000 for the land purchases, because of the volition of air pollution.

“Wetlands, forests anything that will improve our water quality and capture carbon out of the air, you’ve made a long stride toward a stable sequestration of the carbon and improving the air quality,” Indiana Wildlife Federation Executive Director Barbara Simpson says.

The Indiana Natural Resources Foundation will administer the funds. Bourke Patton, INRF executive director,  says all the partnerships will lead Indiana into what “a golden age of conservation.”

“We are always be part of the public trust, we are always be protected and our Hoosier citizens and all visitors to the state will always be able to enjoy those.” Patton says.

The nature preserves will be open to the public for hunting, fishing and hiking.

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