Dnr

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 48 additional confirmed deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 1,764. The state announced nearly 30,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 203,000 Hoosiers tested.

https://www.facebook.com/potatocreeksp/

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials say all of Indiana’s state-operated inns, campgrounds and cabins and will reopen Friday in time for the Memorial Day weekend as coronavirus restrictions are eased across much of Indiana. The state Department of Natural Resources says all of its campgrounds, property-operated cabins, camper cabins and inns would reopen Friday under the eased restrictions approved by Gov. Eric Holcomb. DNR spokesman JB Brindle says the state agency has 7,701 camping sites around the state.

Derek Jensen/Wikimedia Commons

An environmental group is asking the governor to veto legislation that it says would harm the state’s wetlands. The Hoosier Environmental Council says recent changes to a bill regarding drain maintenance in wetlands don’t go far enough. 

The bill aims to help local governments cut costs by allowing them to fix or reconstruct a drain in a state wetland without a permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Indiana DNR via Facebook

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — State wildlife officials say that about 200 fish found dead Sunday in a northwestern Indiana river likely died due to natural causes.

The dead shad were found near a Portage, Indiana, marina along the East Branch of the Little Calumet River.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources' communication director, James Brindle, says all indications suggest the fish died from “a natural event."

Indiana Approves Nature Preserve With A `Significant' Cave

Jan 25, 2020
https://www.in.gov/nrc/files/item_4_nrc_Jan_2020.pdf

Indiana's newest state nature preserve features dramatic limestone outcrops and a cave inhabited by rare animals adapted to life in total darkness.

The Natural Resources Commission recently approved the creation of the Patoka Hills Nature Preserve, which spans nearly 27 acres in southern Indiana's Crawford County.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the new preserve contains a small cave that's home to a springtail insect and a cave millipede.

Both creatures lack eyes and pigmentation and are rare worldwide.

https://www.facebook.com/INdnrlawenforcement/photos/a.817455394962333/3297938763580638/?type=3&theater

BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — State conservation officers are investigating the shooting death of a bald eagle in southern Indiana and offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources officials say the investigation began last week when a Lawrence County animal control officer and others were notified of an injured eagle. Attempts to revive the bird were unsuccessful.

The birds are no longer endangered but remain protected by two federal laws.

Authorities are seeking help from the public. 

Indiana State Park Closures Set For 4 Days Of Deer Hunts

Nov 9, 2019
Bob Kuhns/National Parks Service

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seventeen Indiana state park sites will close their gates to visitors for a pair of two-day deer hunts in the coming weeks.

The hunts are scheduled for Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says wildlife biologists evaluate the parks to determine where deer hunts are needed to ensure healthy habitats for native plants and animals.

This year's hunts come after a state appeals court rejected a lawsuit challenging the DNR's authority to allow hunters armed with rifles into state parks.

NEW:

Update: Identity of Swimmer Recovered in Lake Michigan Released

Indiana Conservation Officers are identifying the individual who passed away during a water-related incident in Lake Michigan on Saturday as 32-year-old Brandon Howard of Constantine, Michigan. The original news release incorrectly stated the victim was 35 years old.

Howard was seen slipping under the surface of the water without resurfacing at around 5:50 p.m. Saturday evening. Howard’s body was recovered at approximately 8:00 p.m. in 10 feet of water.

Photo provided through IN DNR

UPDATE:  The Indiana DNR issued an update today on the impact that weather is having on the search for Rahem Mason in Lake Michigan off the beach in Michigan City.

Here is the latest from the DNR: 

 

The rough water and high waves on Lake Michigan continue to hinder divers searching for missing South Bend swimmer Rahem Mason.

Witnesses observed Mason, 17, disappear beneath the surface of the water on Lake Michigan and not resurface at approximately 7:07 p.m. Saturday.

Divers from Michigan City Police, LaPorte County Sheriffs Office, Michigan City Fire Department, and Indiana Conservation Officers met this morning and determined conditions were unsafe to conduct dive operations due to five-foot waves in the Washington Park area.

Waves crashed over the break wall as members of the various departments walked the lighthouse pier to visually search the area near the pier. The Michigan City Fire Department launched a UAV (drone) to search the area from the air. 

Indiana Conservation Officers are considering a sonar search by boat this afternoon if the lake provides workable conditions for sonar use.

Divers from the respective departments plan on diving tomorrow morning if the weather cooperates.

A committee plans to study how the state manages its forests this summer. The idea came from a failed House motion by Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) that would have set up a task force to look at practices like logging and make recommendations to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Michigan DNR Planning Controlled Fires This Spring

Apr 4, 2019

  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — If people in rural Michigan see smoke in the sky this spring, it won't necessarily mean there's a problem.

The state Department of Natural Resources is planning a number of "prescribed" fires around the state. They're typically ignited in spring and fall.

Winter Fish Kills In Michigan

Mar 15, 2019
Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

    

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials say small numbers of dead fish may be common sights in Michigan waters as winter's snow and ice melt.

      Gary Whelan of the Department of Natural Resources says very cold temperatures and heavy snow can kill fish and other aquatic animals such as turtles, frogs, toads and crayfish.
 

     Shallow lakes with lots of vegetation are especially prone to winter kill. Aquatic plants covered by ice and snow die from lack of sunlight and use up dissolved oxygen as they decay, which can cause fish to suffocate.
 

The trapping season sets a quota of 600 otters total and two per person.