The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has received several ideas for the Bicentennial Nature Trust and is sorting through 12 to 15 submissions from across the state. The trust was announced by Governor Daniels in January and is intended to help conserve land across the state in honor of Indiana’s 200th anniversary.
Director of Division and Land Acquisition Nick Heinzelman says they are in the beginning stages of planning for the project.
“We are currently looking for projects that involve land acquisition and land conservation all across the state of Indiana,” he says. “At this point in time, we’re looking for local projects or ideas that folks could come to DNR with in regards to land conservation and their local communities.”
While the DNR did not offer specifics on which areas these acquisitions would affect, Assistant Director of Stewardship Ginger Murphy believes the trust offers a unique opportunity for partnerships across the state.
“We are certainly excited about the possibilities of the Bicentennial Nature Trust for a couple of reasons,” she says. “First of all, the idea that it becomes a partnership, so that it encourages not only the state to participate in funding the purchase of land, but it also encourages private partners and local foundations and other conservation groups to participate as well.”
Heinzelman says they hope to have the project completed by the end of 2016.