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More Land Acquired for Wildlife in Indiana

Ducks Unlimited recently joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to acquire the 1,043-acre Columbia Mine property adjoining Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in southern Indiana.

Migration Alert: Hoosier waterfowl hunters waiting for migration

Reports from the North and Central Zones have waterfowlers restricted to untraditional large bodies of water and sighting few migrants. With cold weather in the near future, hunters throughout the state remain optimistic.

Indiana Ducks Unlimited license plate available now

INDIANAPOLIS - March 1, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited leaders want Indiana residents to know that the new DU license plate is available for purchase at Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations across the state.

Indiana: Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area

Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area has undergone significant restoration work over the past few years.

Dillin Moist Soil Wetlands

Bulldozers have moved off site and the dirt has settled at the Dillin wetland restoration project site! Located near Pikeville, Indiana, the restoration project is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Indiana Four Rivers Project, North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to restore 67 acres of wetlands at the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.

Weyerbacher Moist Soil Wetland (Posey County)

Located in southwest Indiana in the floodplain of the Ohio River, the Weyerbacher wetland restoration has become the latest addition to the Hovey Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area. DU designed and delivered this 35-acre moist soil managed wetland.

DU and Cinergy Corp Partnership

DU and Cinergy Corp. have had a long-standing agreement to reforest seasonally flooded bottomlands in southern Indiana. This agreement was recently modified to shift the focus to acquisition of cleared bottomlands, planting trees on those acquired lands, and then selling them on to the U.S. Fish and wildlife Service to become part of the Patoka River NWR.

Place Trail Marsh

Bulldozers have moved off site and the dirt has settled at the Place Trail Marsh wetland restoration project site! Located near Walkerton, Indiana, the restoration project is a collaborative effort between the St. Joseph County Parks Department, Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project, North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to restore 170 acres of wetlands at the Place Trail Marsh County Park.

Northeast Indiana Pothole Initiative

Now in our sixth program year, DU, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Indiana DNR and Pheasants Forever continue to work collaboratively to restore wetlands and associated grasslands on private lands in an eight county region of northeastern Indiana, including Allen, Dekalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley counties.

Beaver Dam

DU and a host of conservation partners, including Lake County Parks, Indiana DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Southern Lake Michigan Coastal Wetlands Project, continue work to restore wetland and upland habitat on the 240-acre Deep River Headwaters County Park and adjacent 18-acre Beaver Dam Wetland Conservation Area. DU has completed the design and is awaiting permit approval to deliver the restoration of 3 wetlands on the property which include a 16-acre emergent wetland, an 18-acre wooded wetland and a second emergent marsh that could top 190-acres!

Goose Pond and Beehunter Marsh

On November 8 th , a host of conservation partners joined together at the Triple H Gun Club to celebrate the Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s (IDNR) purchase of 8,000 acres commonly known as Goose Pond. On hand to convey the importance wetland conservation and public benefits stemming from this joint effort was Gov. Mitch Daniels, John Tomke (Ducks Unlimited), Kyle Hupfer, (IDNR), Robyn Thorson (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) and Mary McConnell (The Nature Conservancy).

Cane Ridge Wildlife Area

Construction of the Interior Least Tern Unit of the Cane Ridge Wildlife Management Area is now complete. This unique project is a cooperative effort between several conservation partners including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cinergy Corp. and Ducks Unlimited.

Indiana Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Indiana. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

Fisher Lumber Company Acquisition (Warrick and Spencer Counties)

DU, along with a host of conservation partners, including the Indiana DNR, Wabash Heritage Land Trust, Four Rivers RC&D, Southwest Indiana Four Rivers Project and others have successfully acquired this 235-acre bottomland property. The Fisher tract is bisected by Little Pigeon Creek and provides a diversity of high-quality bottomland wetland habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife.

Potucek (Newton County)

The Potucek project is part of the LaSalle State Fish and Wildlife Area in northwest Indiana and was completed as a cooperative effort between the Indiana DNR, Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project and Ducks Unlimited. Twelve generous and dedicated conservationists secured funds for this project through life sponsorships to Ducks Unlimited.

Miller Acquisition (Pike County)

DU recently contributed funds toward acquisition of this 80-acre bottomland parcel for Patoka River NWR. This floodplain property contains portions of two ancient Patoka River oxbows and large stands of hardwood timber and is bordered by state land on two sides.

Roland Riparian Restoration Dedicated

On November 2, the Bedford DU committee, U.S. Forest Service, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the Roland Wetland Complex. This outstanding partnership restored 165 acres of floodplain wetlands adjacent to the Lost River that are now permanently protected as part of the Hoosier National Forest.

Russell Acquisition (Allen County)

DU recently assisted the Little River Wetlands Project in acquiring the 37-acre Russell Tract. This drained wetland property lies adjacent to the 60-acre Buell Tract that DU helped acquire in 2001. These properties, located in the floodplain of the Little Wabash River, combine to make up the Aboite Wetlands (aka Arrowhead Marsh) and have been enrolled in WRP under a permanent conservation easement.

No-till Drill Acquisition

DU, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Eel River Chapter of Pheasants Forever recently partnered to acquire a Great Plains no-till prairie drill for use in northeast Indiana. This drill will be used to plant native warm season grasses on projects under the Northeast Indiana Pothole Initiative.

Deep River Headwaters (Lake County)

DU and a host of conservation partners, including Lake County Parks, Indiana DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Southern Lake Michigan Coastal Wetlands Project, are working to restore wetland and upland habitat on the 240-acre Deep River Headwaters County Park and adjacent 18-acre Beaver Dam Wetland Conservation Area. DU is designing and will deliver the restoration of 3 wetlands on the property which include a 16-acre emergent wetland, an 18-acre wooded wetland and a second emergent marsh that could top 190-acres!
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