A new state-run program backed by nearly $1 million in federal funding will enlist southern Indiana landowners to plant 3,000 acres of new forests.
The case Schulenberg vs. United States is holding the door open for those seeking payment for land taken as a part of the national Rails to Trails project.
In 2013, homeowners there sued the state, contending their private property extends all the way to the water.
Heavy rains this summer and lower crop prices this fall are amplifying the strain Indiana farmers say they face from the state’s property tax structure.
Some districts are concerned how Indiana will replace business tax dollars.
A kayaker notified local authorities in Bloomington last month that a piece of property on Lake Monroe was clear-cut to the shoreline.
The group bought the 600 acres of woodland in Brown County from a group of investors who have owned the land since the 1980s.
Property owner David Jacobs will now have to conform the designs of his future home to guidelines set forth by the Historic Preservation Commission.
The two properties lie near where I-69 would be built, but Mayor Phil Deckard says he does not expect the interstate to be built for another 10 years.
Restrictions still in place will require residents to obtain a permit from the city to raise chickens, while many neighborhoods prohibit the birds outright.