"The Official Organization for All Indiana Beekeepers"
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Songbirds, gamebirds, butterflies and bees are among the many animals that will benefit from a new DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife program to improve grassland and pollinator habitat.
The program is called CORRIDORS, an acronym for Conservation on Rivers and Roadways Intended to Develop Opportunities for Resources and Species.
CORRIDORS will focus on four priority areas in the state: Indiana State Wildlife Action Plan Conservation Opportunity Areas; rights-of-way on interstates and state and federal highways; 100-year floodplains of rivers; and areas adjacent to a body of water.
Partners with DNR Fish & Wildlife include the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever (PF/QF).
People who own land in a priority area can participate by establishing habitat on their property through the CORRIDORS program. Qualifying landowners are eligible for technical and financial assistance. To get started, contact your DNR landscape or district wildlife biologist. A map with contact information is at wildlife.IN.gov/2716.htm.
Grassland and pollinator habitat is critical for the survival of many species, including monarch butterflies, bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasants, Eastern meadowlarks, cottontail rabbits, native bees and the imperiled loggerhead shrike.
The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife will provide technical assistance and, in some cases, incentive payments, and will coordinate efforts among agencies. INDOT will establish native grasses and plants where possible along rights-of-way of Indiana highways, increasing wildlife habitat while reducing maintenance costs. The NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners through its Environmental Quality Incentive Program, improving both soil health and water quality. PF/QF will provide technical assistance through their Farm Bill biologists and promote the CORRIDORS program throughout the state.
If you aren’t a landowner but want to support the program, you can do so by spreading the word about the initiative and supporting DNR by purchasing licenses and a Gamebird Habitat Stamp.
For more information, visit wildlife.IN.gov/9405.htm
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Please consider emailing your representatives and ask for their support. Ask them to consider co-authoring. To find your representative click here.
Also, please email these key legislators expressing your support.
Rep. Jim Arnold -email@example.com
Rep. Tim Brown - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Gregory Porter - email@example.com
Again, if you have not done so, please consider contacting legislators to oppose House Bill 1026 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1026
Roadside vegetation management. Requires the Indiana department of transportation to mow roadside vegetation a minimum number of times a year. Requires the first mowing of roadside vegetation in a calendar year to be performed when 50% of the vegetation in a sight line is 12" in height. INDOT currently performs statewide roadside vegetation management two times per year at a total cost of $8 M (or $4 M per mowing). As proposed, the state would be split in half at U.S. 40, with the northern part of the state being mowed four times per year (an increase of two times) and the southern part mowed six times per year (an increase of four times). In total, INDOT will perform an additional three statewide mowings per year. At $4 M per mowing, this bill is expected to increase State Highway Fund expenditures by $12 M per year for mowing.
Bumble bees will appreciate your support. “Bumblebee is first bee in continental US to be listed as endangered” http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/10/us/bumblebee-endangered/
The Beekeepers of Indiana (TBoI) encourages the development of permissive Urban Beekeeping ordinances within cities and towns in Indiana.
We hereby encourage the development of local ordinances which permit the practice of responsible urban beekeeping.
Submitted by John Suko 09/27/16