Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Natural Resources Commission meeting, May 18

Indiana DNR Release:

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will meet May 18 in Indianapolis, at Fort Harrison State Park Inn’s Roosevelt Ballroom, beginning at 10 a.m. EDT. Members of the public are welcome.

Topics on the agenda include:

– Preliminary adoption of amendments governing wild animal rehabilitation permits. The amendments would, among other changes, establish new requirements for becoming a licensed rehabilitator, and strengthen rules regarding housing requirements for keeping such animals.
– Preliminary adoption of amendments governing the use of DNR properties, specifically Redbird State Recreation Area and Interlake State Recreation Area.
– Consideration of a non-rule policy governing prospecting to provide guidelines to prospectors, DNR employees and riparian owners.
– Preliminary adoption of amendments governing the use of cast nets and live gizzard shad, threadfin shad, and alewife as bait for fishing.
– Consideration of nature preserve designation for a 1,300-acre property in Floyd County to be named the Dr. Sherman A. Minton Nature Preserve.
– Consideration of a recommendation to deaccess Ernie Pyle State Historic Site.

For a complete agenda and more extensive background information and these and other topics, see

The NRC is an autonomous board that addresses issues pertaining to the Department of Natural Resources. The 12 member board includes seven citizens chosen on a bipartisan basis, three ex officio members from state agencies, and one representative of the Indiana Academy of Science. The Commission meets at least four times annually.

The Fort Harrison State Park Inn is at 5830 N.Post Road in Indianapolis, phone (317) 591-0904.

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