Indiana DNR Natural Resources Conservation Programs - Sustainable Natural Resources Task Force

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  • Mineland Reclamation 30%Env. Programs 8%Timber 25%Windbreak 20%Wildlife 15%A. Day 2%
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  • Capital funding is major funding mechanism for forest restoration activities on State ForestsOver 4,700 acres of forest restoration work on Indiana’s State Forests was completed in 2010. This work positions these forests for continued health and productivity, providing jobs, wood products and other forest benefits for Hoosiers today and tomorrow. Primary work included reforestation of retired agricultural fields (117 acres), control of invasive plant species (403 acres), prescribed fires, timber stand improvements (3,996 acres) and wildlife habitat activity (213 acres).
  • Maintaining a wide variety of forest types, size classes and structure creates diversehabitat conditions which can support an equally diverse array of native flora and fauna. Prior to European settlement, the diversity of Indiana’s forests was maintained by a combination of natural disturbance events and Native American activities. These early events, such as landscape-scale wildfires, wind events, and small-scale clearing for agriculture created a patchwork forest of various size and age classes. This variety of forest conditions is the foundation of the wide range of diversity of plants and animals found in Indiana’s forests today. Many of these landscape scale events have been eliminated or altered in today’s Indiana forests. Carefully planned and executed timber harvests are used to bring back the positive effects of these earlier events to our forests while managing against the unacceptable negative aspects.The Continuous Forest Inventory program established a good number research plots in each State Forest that are measured every 5 years to track forest changes and sustainability issues.The HEE Hoosier Ecosystem Expirement established research study areas at MoRgan Monroe and Yellowwood State forests to study forest interactions, species diversity, and particular species in detail under several land management regimes. This long term project is partnering with several universities and is intended to continue for 100 years. State Forests provide ideal study areas due to size and activity as working forests.
  • American Chestnut was wiped out in the early 1910’s by the Chestnut Blights. Genetic researchers are only a few years away from developing blight resistant strains that could help return this species to Indiana.Forestry’s Yellowwood Lake in Brown County and Starve Hollow Lake in Jackson county have sediment removal projects completed or underway.For nearly a decade, management activities on State Forest properties have been conducted in accordance with a series of special guidelines and strategies designed to protect the federally endangered Indiana bat and its habitat. Management guidelines and strategies address various habitat requirements throughout the year, and include vital protection measures for the caves where bats hibernate through the winter and maternity roosts where females and their young find cover during the summer. To further complement the DoF’s efforts to protect Indiana bat habitat on State Forests, a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is currently being developed in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). An HCP is a legally binding agreement between the USFWS and either a private entity or a state that specifies conservation measures that will be implemented to minimize and mitigate harm to threatened or endangered species. In exchange for the HCP, the USFWS can issue a permit that would allow a landowner to proceed with an activity that is legal in all other respects but results in the incidental taking of a listed species. Once adopted, the DoF’s HCP will be the first ever to have addressed Indiana bat management concerns on an actively managed forest, providing a positive model for other states, natural resource agencies, and forest managers.The DoF recently developed a draft Environmental Assessment to evaluate the possible short- and long-term habitat impacts from the maximum management intensity necessary to maintain the current proportion of oak-hickory forest across the State Forest system. Researchers, land managers, and conservationists agree, maintaining the oak-hickory forest type throughout the Central Hardwood region is of critical importance to the native wildlife species found here, and the DoF believes future management should emphasize the preservation of this essential, yet threatened, forest type. The status, habitat requirements, and major threats of each listed species found on State Forests were evaluated to determine possible direct and cumulative impacts. Though the DoF is exempt from completing and Environmental Assessment for each of its forest management activities we took this initiative to better understand potential impacts of such a large system-wide program.The DoF provides substantial support for research on State Forests that investigates issues and questions related to forest management and wildlife conservation. Among the species of greatest conservation need that are currently being studied on State Forests: the state endangered cerulean warbler and numerous other neotropical migrant bird species, Indiana bats and other forest bat species, timber rattlesnakes, and box turtles. Recent past research on forest bats, including the federally endangered Indiana bat, has provided a better understanding of what species can be found on State Forests and which habitats are used most often by bats. Research on wildlife populations and habitat is critical for effective management and conservation; the DoF recognizes this need and dedicates a significant proportion of timber sale revenue towards such research efforts
  • In July 2010, the Classified Forest Program and the Classified Wildlife Habitat Program merged to create the Classified Forest & Wildlands Program. The Classified Wildlife Habitat Program brought over 90,340 acres to the combined program.
  • Fire Operations*State Lands – Primary suppression response with local fire departments on state owned lands including suppression, holding, mop-up and rehab responsibilities.*Private lands – Keep fires small… Protection of Indiana’s natural and cultural resources from the devastating effect of wildfire.*Partner Agencies - Maintain reciprical assistance agreements for fire suppression with federal agencies also providing fire suppression including Big Oaks NWR, Hoosier NF and Indiana Dunes National LakeshoreTechnical Assistance is provided to fire departments remotely addressing suppression techniques, smoke management and equipment use.Predictive Services – Seasonal outlooks and forecasts are generated for use by departmental, rural fire personnel and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.Close coodination with partners regarding bans on open burning. Integral partner of the Indiana Drought Task Force providing fire behavior, fuels and fire severity input.
  • Ecological burning is one of the most cost-effective methods utilized for maintaining habitat. Additionally, it is a necessary element in sustaining the fire dependent ecosystems found within the state including some forests, savannas, prairies and wetland complexes.Fire utilized to reduce fuels, especially heavy fuels, has proven effective in reducing the severity of fire and associated real costs when wildfire does strike.
  • Indiana has a unique approach to managing the State’s Wildland Fire Program. Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky maintain higher levels of operational fire staffing and support personnel within their respective programs. Some comparison can be made to Illinois, however that program has been growing steadily over the last several years. All states work closely with local level fire personnel (rural & volunteer), however they do not maintain the level of dependence that Indiana does. Indiana does keep the overall cost of the program to a minimum, however a need for growth is evident considering increasing needs, incident complexity, preparedness levels, etc.
  • Indiana DNR Natural Resources Conservation Programs - Sustainable Natural Resources Task Force

    1. 1. Natural Resources Conservation Programs
    2. 2. Indiana State Parks & ReservoirsThe mission of the Division of State Parks and Reservoirs is to manage andinterpret our unique natural, wildlife and cultural resources; to provide forcompatible recreational opportunities; and to sustain the integrity of thoseresources for future generations.
    3. 3. Natural Areas Management on State ParksThe mission of the natural areas program is to promote, maintain and restore the integrity of our native ecological communities using sound science to ensure appropriate composition, structure, and function that reflects original Indiana landscapes.
    4. 4. • While providing opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, canoeing and many other forms of outdoor recreation, the state parks contain some of the finest natural areas in the state and Midwest.• These areas and others are currently home to more than 180 species listed as rare, threatened, or endangered on both state and federal lists.• Most of these special areas require some form of active management to remain ecologically intact.
    5. 5. Active Management• Deer reductions - State parks have managed the impacts of over browsing deer since 1993.• Goose reductions - State parks have managed the impacts of overabundant geese since 2007.• Invasive Species Management• Prescribed Fire
    6. 6. Other projects• Dunes Creek daylighting project• Prophetstown wetland restoration• Brown Co. Little Blue Creek oak restoration project
    7. 7. Wildlife Management on Reservoirs• The mission of the wildlife management program is to professionally restore, create, manage and conserve habitat suitable for native game species that results in diverse outdoor recreational experiences for hunters and other users alike.
    8. 8. • Managing game and non-game wildlife on reservoirs is largely about maintaining the proper resources that different populations of wildlife need, such as food, water, shelter, and other special needs. These are all components of habitat.• Strong habitat management requires managers to use a handful of different tools and techniques. The most important of these is succession control, or manipulating how and where old fields mature into forests of different ages and structures. Other techniques include the use of prescribed fire and maintaining food plots and agricultural areas.
    9. 9. • Reservoir Habitat Proportions• Crops 10%• Food Plots 3%• Grasses/Annual Weeds 12%• Mature Woodlands 48%• Successional Areas 25%
    10. 10. Crop Leases• Eight reservoirs leased 47 units over 5,597 acres for a four year period.• Cumulative revenue from the four year lease will be approximately $657,500.00 ($164,000.00 annually).
    11. 11. Trapping Leases• Lease agreements generally include details such as allowable trap sets and species specific Information.• Twenty-one units are currently leased by 13 individuals. Cumulative revenue from the two year lease period will be approximately $3,200.
    12. 12. Recruitment/Retention Initiative• Div. of Parks and Reservoirs has begun a new recruitment/retention initiative on IDNR reservoirs.• A total of 21 events were held with more than 540 in attendance.• Events regularly included partnerships with local and national organizations (friends groups, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Indiana State Trappers Association, local bait shops, 4-H, etc.). Most events have been very successful and we anticipate even more progress as we build and tweak the program.
    13. 13. Initiative Objectives• Cultivate the value of outdoor sports.• Promote the continuing heritage and significance of outdoor sports.• Expose potential and existing newcomers to activities and skill sets.• Create a better understanding of the wildlife management profession and related methods/techniques.
    14. 14. Div. of Fish & Wildlife• Mission Statement Our mission is to professionally manage Indianas fish and wildlife for present and future generations, balancing ecological, recreational, and economic benefits.
    15. 15. • In 1919, the Indiana state legislature established the Department of Conservation (today known as the Department of Natural Resources) and created a Division of Fish and Game (today called the Division of Fish and Wildlife). This division was granted the statutory responsibility of providing for the care of wild animal populations, on public and private property along with a program of management to serve the best interests of the resources and the people of Indiana.• These programs were funded by hunters and anglers through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. In 1937 and again in 1951, sportsmen and women increased their contribution to conservation funding by supporting creation of a federal excise tax on hunting and fishing equipment, called the wildlife and sport fish restoration grant program. These programs, which rely on the number of hunting and fishing licenses sold by each state for distribution of funds, continue to this day. In 1995 Indiana conservationists again demonstrated their commitment to conservation by supporting a voluntary income tax check-off program to fund non game and endangered wildlife conservation in Indiana.
    16. 16. Fisheries Programs PROGRAM PURPOSE• Fisheries Management: protect fisheries resources & make fishing better• Public Access: develop & maintain boating and fishing access to rivers and lakes• Aquatic Invasive Species: manage impacts of invasives such as Asian carp• Contaminants: recover fish kill damages from responsible parties & restore habitats• Lake and River Enhancement: reduce sediment & nutrient pollution
    17. 17. FUNDING SOURCESFisheries Management and Public Access programs are funded by dedicated license revenue, matched with 75% federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds for eligible activities. The Aquatic Invasive Species Program is funded with a blend of dedicated and federal monies, including federal funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Contaminants Program uses dedicated license revenue and the federal Sport Fish Restoration match as well as funds recovered from polluters (for non-salary restoration project expenses). The Lake and River Enhancement Program is funded from a boating fee that ranges from $5-$25 depending on boat value.
    18. 18. Wildlife Programs PROGRAM PURPOSE• Private Lands: The Private Lands Unit is responsible for the management of wildlife populations and the restoration, enhancement, and maintenance of wildlife habitats on the privately-owned landscape of Indiana• Public lands: The Public Lands Unit is responsible for managing habitat quality and quantity on over 146,000 acres of public land for hunting, fishing, shooting, wildlife viewing, and a host of other compatible outdoor recreation activities.• Diversity/Management: The Diversity and Management unit oversees conservation projects and management of over 100 eligible species of greatest conservation need, including federal and state endangered and other rare species.• Research: The Wildlife Research Unit is responsible for assessing the overall health and management of legally-harvested wildlife populations at multiple spatial scales; development and implementation of harvest recommendations and strategies; development and implementation of statewide population and harvest monitoring programs; constituent surveys and disease monitoring protocols; and serve as the Department’s experts regarding those wildlife species.
    19. 19. Funding Sources• Research, Public Lands, and Private Lands programs are funded by dedicated license revenue, matched with 75% federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds for eligible activities with the remainder from various federal USDA grants, the Deer Research and Management Fund, and the Game Bird Habitat Restoration Fund.• In almost every case, all the citizens of Indiana are deriving benefit from these services while only a small portion actually directly support those services through hunting and fishing license sales which are stable to declining in revenue. For instance, approximately 70% of the users on Fish and Wildlife Areas are non consumptive users that may never purchase a license. Those percentages are probably comparable for private lands.• The Diversity and Management Program receives limited funding from the federal State Wildlife Grant Program and donations to the Nongame Fund, through the state income tax check-off. In almost every case, all the citizens of Indiana are deriving benefit from these services while only a small portion actually supports those services through the tax check off program which results in inconsistent and inadequate funding.
    20. 20. Environmental ProgramsPROGRAM PURPOSE• Environmental Reviews: Conduct environmental reviews for early coordination requests and permit applications for construction projects to minimize the impacts to fish, wildlife, and botanical resources and their habitat. This program is funded by dedicated license revenue, with 75% of the costs paid for by federal grant funds for eligible activities.• Operations/Permitting: Review and issue over twenty-five different types of commercial licenses and permits. Coordinate and oversee the administrative rule promulgation process for the Division of Fish and Wildlife to revise existing administrative rules and create new rules when needed for biological, social, or enforcement purposes. These programs are funded by dedicated license revenue.
    21. 21. Div. Of Nature Preserves• Indianas system of Nature Preserves was established by a 1967 act of the General Assembly. The systems purpose is to provide permanent protection for significant natural areas within the state.
    22. 22. • The first dedicated nature preserve was Pine Hills Nature Preserve in Shades State Park in 1969.• There are 242 Nature Preserves in IN.• This represents more than 32,000 acres spread throughout Indiana.• We work closely with many others in dedicating significant natural areas, for instance DNR State Parks, DNR Forestry, DNR Fish and Wildlife, Nature Conservancy and local land trusts, as well as local county park systems.
    23. 23. Nature Preserve Program• provides in perpetuity protection for lands dedicated by the Natural Resources Commission, who accept the easement for the State. Numerous ownerships (agencies, local governments, universities, land trusts, etc).• Funding for Nature Preserve staff, and Nature Preserve management is from a blend of General Funds and other funds (trust funds, federal grants, NRD funds, etc).
    24. 24. Division Programs• Nursery Inspections and Certification• Apiary Inspections• Quarantines• Permits and Licenses• Issuance of Phytosanitary Certificates• Exotic and Invasive Pest Surveys and MonitoringAll programs are covered under 312 IAC Article 18 underauthority of IC 14-24.
    25. 25. • Nature Preserve programs, similar in nature, are in place in Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio.• Due to the numerous license plates available to Hoosiers, funding for land acquisition through IHT is down; land acquisition funding is needed to secure critical additions to existing nature preserves, and to secure protection for Indiana’s few remaining natural areas.
    26. 26. Natural Heritage Program• Tracks information on rare species, high quality natural areas, and managed lands.• Heritage Programs are found in all 50 states, and numerous countries.• Funding comes from General Funds, Office of Surface Mining funds, and other sources.• Serves as the “Lands Unsuitable for Mining” database for the Division of Reclamation (required by the federal Office of Surface Mining).
    27. 27. Lake Michigan Coastal Program• Federally funded program that provides funding (approximately $750,000 annually, with funding determined by a state’s population and number of miles of shoreline) to governmental agencies and non-profit in Indiana’s coastal area to help protect coastal resources.
    28. 28. • Funds can be for resource restoration, land acquisition, and planning:1. Protection and restoration of significant natural and cultural resources.2. Programs to prevent the loss of life and property in coastal hazard areas.3. Improved public access for recreational purposes.4. Revitalized urban waterfronts and ports.5. Improved coordination among government agencies in policy and decision-making processes.6. Pollution prevention initiatives, including non-point source pollution into coastal waters.• Staff are funded with a blend of cigarette tax funds and matching federal funds.• All eligible states (great lake or ocean coasts) have a coastal program.
    29. 29. Division of Forestry
    30. 30. Nursery Section• Mission To grow and distribute to Indiana landowners, high quality native plant materials for conservation plantings. Conservation plantings include plantings for timber, wildlife, windbreaks, soil and water protection, mine reclamation, carbon sequestering and education
    31. 31. Who We Serve 2% 20% 30% Mineland Reclamation Environmental Programs15% Timber Production 8% 25% Wildlife Habitat Windbreak Establishment Arbor Day
    32. 32. FY Conifers Hardwoods Total Revenues07-08 757,151 2,918,832 3,675,983 $1,265,61008-09 700,000 2,832,005 3,532,005 $1,283,53209-10 384,562 2,845,280 3,229,842 $1,166,01310-11 395,162 2,786,678 3,181,840 $1,053,231*11-12 400,000 2,800,000 3,200,000 $1,200,000
    33. 33. STATE FOREST SECTION
    34. 34. Indiana’s State Forest System• Working lands managed for multiple benefits – 13 State Forests – 156,000 acres – Includes 17 nature preserves (2,369 acres) – Timber, wildlife, hunting, foraging, camping, lakes, firewood – 4,500 acres forest restoration activities annually • Reforestation, forest improvement, invasive species, erosion control. • Funded by timber revenues, capital funding and operating budgets • Approx $200,000/year
    35. 35. State Forests- Surrounding States (Only Indiana and Ohio Certified as Well Managed byinternational certification systems –Green Certification)
    36. 36. Indiana State Forests Conserving Biodiversity• Sustainable Forest Resource Management • Timber harvests and restoration activities administered by professional foresters at all forests • Forest management results in habitat diversity, supporting high species diversity • Several Nature Preserves established and managed• Certified as well managed by FSC & SFI • 14 million board feet green certified hardwoods sold last FY • Approximately $3 million (15% returned to counties) • Harvest approximately 50% of annual growth • State Forest continue to increase in timber volume• Forest Research – HEE project (a 100 year effort) – In Eastern US only Missouri has a similar project – Independent research projects ongoing (2011: 15 projects, 11 partners) – Continuous Forest Inventory system remeasured
    37. 37. Indiana State Forests Conservation Concerns• Public support • Indiana DNR and the Division of Forestry has a long positive history -the envy of many states• Protection of important lands – Consolidating ownership improves sustainability – General land acquisition funding has declined while land availability has gone up• Management of invasive species (plants, animals, insects, disease) – Work never ends – Reintroduction of American Chestnut a possibility• Protecting species of greatest conservation need – Indiana bat habitat conservation plan – Environmental Assessment completed for 2008-2027 – Research includes management effects on endangered species• Sustainable lakes – Aging lakes filling with sediment – Maintenance and repair of aging dams
    38. 38. PRIVATE LANDS SECTION
    39. 39. Private Lands Management• The Division spends approx. $1.2 million/year to fund District Forester operations. Most of this money goes to salary and support to administer the Classified Forest and Wildlands Program.• The Division works with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide cost share money to assist private landowners in completing forestry practices. In 2009-2010 $2.2 million in assistance was provided• The Licensed Timber Buyers Program regulates the purchase of logs or standing timber from both public and private lands. The law offers landowners legal remedies if the landowner thinks that their trees have been wrongfully cut or if the landowner is not paid for the trees as agreed. The $80 thousand collected in fees supports the program.
    40. 40. Classified Forest & Wildlands Program Program authorized March 10,1921. Purpose: To encourage timber production, wildlife habitat, and protect water quality on private lands. Landowner incentive: Property tax reduction (Assessed value for enrolled land = $1/acre) Program administered by the Division of Forestry
    41. 41. Classified Forest & Wildlands Program Program Growth Classified Program Enrollment Classified Forest 1921 -2005 Classifed Forest & Wildlands 2006-present700,000600,000500,000400,000300,000 ACRES ENROLLED200,000100,000 0 1925 1930 1935 1940 1945 1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 The 5 year average (2005-2010) for program growth is 19,800 acres/year. Program growth is expected to remain near this rate or higher, depending on staffing levels.
    42. 42. Classified Forest & Wildlands Program Comparison to Surrounding States’ Forest Tax Law ProgramsWisconsin IndianaManaged Forest Law Classified Forest & Wildlands•Property tax deduction (amount •Property tax deduction (Assesseddepend on if public access is value = $1/acres)granted) •Management plan required•10 acre minimum •10 acre minimum•Management plan required •No public access required•Green certification through FSC & •Green certification through FSC &ATFS. ATFS. MichiganIllinois Commercial Forest ProgramForestry Development Act Ohio •Property tax deduction•Open to forest land in counties Ohio Forest Tax Law •State pays counties $1.20/enrolledwith < 3 million inhabitants • Property tax deduction acres•Property tax deduction •10 acres minimum • Enrolled land open for public(assessed value at 1/6 value) •Management plan hunting, trapping & fishing•Management plan require required•No public access required •No public access required
    43. 43. Division of Forestry “Green” Forest Certification• State Forests – Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) & Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) – 153,000 acres certified – 12,000,000 BdFT• Classified Forest & Wildlands – American Tree Farm System & Forest Stewardship Council – 555,000+ acres certified – 35,000,000 BdFT
    44. 44. FIRE SECTION
    45. 45. Division of Forestry Fire ManagementFour Focal Areas1. Fire Suppression  Operational Suppression & Assistance  Technical Assistance  Predictive Services2. Fire prevention  Public Awareness  K-5 Programming3. Assistance to Rural & Volunteer Fire Departments  Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants (VFA)  Federal Excess Personal Program (FEPP)  Rural Wildland Fire Suppression Training4. Prescribed Fire  Ecological Burning  Fuel Reduction / Mitigation
    46. 46. Fire Suppression• Fire Operations – State Lands – Private lands – Partner Agencies• Technical Assistance – Working remotely to assist Fire Departments with firefighting strategy and tactics.• Predictive Services – Seasonal Outlooks – Fuels monitoring – Drought Task Force
    47. 47. Fire Prevention • Public Awareness – Education of the masses on the dangers of wildfires emphasizing Fire Prevention. – Hazard Mitigation • K-5 Programming – Fire Safety – Good Fire vs. Bad Fire – Responsibility
    48. 48. Assistance to Rural / Volunteer Fire Departments• Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) – Pass through grant from USDA Forest Service – 50/50 Program up to $10,000.00 total grant • Maximum $5,000.00 Grant Funds / $5,000.00 Fire Dept. • Geared toward improving response to wildfires and improving ISO ratings. • Water handling, pumps, protective gear, communications.• Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) – Agreement in place to acquire excess federal property and reassign to rural fire departments – Trucks, generators, fire apparatus, etc.
    49. 49. Prescribed Fire• Ecological Burning – Maintaining Fire Dependent Habitat – Habitat Restoration – Oak Regeneration• Fuel Reduction / Mitigation – Rx Fire applied to lessen effects of fire in critical areas
    50. 50. Indiana’s Unique ApproachBenefits…• Directed support of Rural & Volunteer Fire Departments – A proportionally small fire staff supports local level efforts to limit State level expense.• Utilization of Multiple-duty Departmental Personnel – Support for Fire operations is provided by fire trained personnel in DNR’s land holding divisions.• Leveraged funding through recurrent federal grants focused on Wildland Fire Assistance in the State.Detractors…• Staff size is not commensurate with the demand for service – especially during the spring and fall operational fire seasons.
    51. 51. FOREST INVENTORY SECTION
    52. 52. Forest Resource InformationForest Inventory & Analysis (FIA)Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI)•State Forest Properties System•Classified Forest System
    53. 53. FIA• Federal Forest Service Program administered by the DNR Division of Forestry• Ongoing assessment since the 1950s• Statewide assessment survey of forestland across all ownerships representing all 4.5 million acres of forests in Indiana• Approx $175,000 annually for the base program from the USFS• DoF adds approx $80,000 annually to double the intensity of the survey
    54. 54. CFI Properties System• Internal forest assessment survey of DoF owned/managed lands• Estimated cost $100,000 annually• Install and measure 800 plots annually equally dispersed throughout all properties• Currently in the fourth year (80% of total sample)
    55. 55. CFI Classified Forest System• Internal forest assessment survey of privately owned lands enrolled in the classified forest system• Estimated cost $100,000 annually• Install and measure 500 plots annually equally dispersed throughout the state on classified forest tracts• Currently in the first year of the program
    56. 56. Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology Who are we? What do we do? October 21st, 2009 Scott Kinzie Nursery Inspector/Compliance Officer
    57. 57. • Our Mission is to Manage Plant and Apiary Pests for the Preservation and Protection of Cultivated and Natural Resources, to Facilitate Trade, and to Enhance the Quality and Appreciation of the Environment.
    58. 58. Small Division - - Large Outreach Nursery Industry Logging/Timber Industry The Bee Industry (Apiary) Exporters Private Campgrounds (Firewood) Homeowners
    59. 59. Nurseries and Nursery Dealers Inspection and Licensing Program• Required under IC 14-24 “The division shall issue a certificate following an inspection that discloses that the nursery stock is apparently free from pests and pathogens”.• This is an annual inspection and license which is required to sell plants within Indiana and to move and sell plants into other states.• License fee - $50 and inspection fee $3/acre for nurseries growing plants in Indiana.• Approximately 400 nurseries and 2,000 nursery dealers
    60. 60. Nurseries and Nursery Dealers Inspection and Licensing Program cont.• Fees currently recover approximately 65% of program. Funded by general funds and dedicated account.• All other states have nursery licensing program. The fees vary by state and Indiana is below some state fees.
    61. 61. Apiary Inspections• Required under IC 14-24 Inspection of bees being shipped out of Indiana to meet requirements of other states.• Done upon request of Apiarist.• No cost for Inspection or issuance of inspection certificate.• General funds used to support cost of the inspection. No dedicated funds used and limited federal grant funds used when available.• Not all states have an Apiary program.
    62. 62. Pest and Pathogen Permits• Required under IC 14-24 Permits from Division required to move pests and pathogens and plants with pest and pathogens within and into Indiana.• Done primarily for research and education purposes.• No cost for permit.• General and dedicated funds used to support staff time to review and issue permits.• Other states have similar permitting process.• Some states charge for permit.• Still an effective program as without it pests and pathogens maybe introduced and spread within.
    63. 63. Phytosanitary Program• Required under Plant Pest Act and International Plant Protection Conventions. Agricultural, horticultural and silvicultural plants, plant products and other commodities moving in international trade must meet the destination countries entry requirements to prevent introduction of a pest or pathogen.• Plants and plant products must be inspected by state or federal inspector who then issues phytosanitary document.• Phytosanitary document issued by Entomology costs $50 + $6 processing fee. Issued by USDA cost is $112 + $6.
    64. 64. Phytosanitary Program• General and dedicated funds used to support staff time to inspect and issue document.• Other states issue Phytosanitary documents and their costs are similar or greater than Indiana’s.• Still an effective program as it is required to help Indiana businesses move corn, soybeans, popcorn, lumber and logs in international trade.• Issue 2,000 to 3,000 phytosanitary documents per year.• Funds go into Division’s Dedicated account.
    65. 65. Indiana Heritage Trust &Indiana Natural Resources Foundation
    66. 66. History of NRF and IHT NRF established in 1990 IHT established in 1992 NRF Board populates the IHT Trust Committee by statute IHT is a funding mechanism for DNR land acquisition NRF is much broader in scope From 1992 – 2007 IHT and NRF had the same Executive Director which was a DNR employee. In 2007, through the leadership of the NRF, the NRF hired its first ever Executive Director to work solely for NRF.
    67. 67. Composition of 16 Member Project Committee: Director – Division of Fish and Wildlife Director – Division of Forestry Director – Division of Nature Preserves Director – Division of State Parks Director – Division of Outdoor Recreation Director – Division State Museums and Historic Sites 10 Individual citizens appointed by the Governor…  Citizen appointees must have a demonstrated interest or experience in:: 1) Conservation or natural resources 2) management of public property  At least 1 member shall be appointed from each congressional district
    68. 68. Composition of 17 Member Trust Committee: 12 Members of the Natural Resources Foundation  Not more than 6 of whom may be of the same political affiliation  At least one member appointed from each congressional district 2 Members of the Senate appointed by the president pro tempore 2 members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker The Treasurer of State of the Treasurer’s designee
    69. 69. IHT Funds Allocated For each $100,000 in revenue, the funds by law must be allocated into specific accounts:1. Stewardship Account 5% of $100,000 $5,0002. State Parks Account 10% of balance $9,5003. State Forests Account 10% of balance $9,5004. Nature Preserves Account 10% of balance $9,5005. Fish and Wildlife Account 10% of balance $9,5006. Outdoor Rec./ Historic Sites 10% of balance $9,5007. Discretionary Account 50% of balance $47,500 Total: $100,000
    70. 70. How an idea becomes a funded project Proposal is reviewed and essential details verified. All proposed projects areProjects are submitted to Local officials are heard and voted on at the Trust for funding notified of each project. IHT Project Committee consideration Project is summarized on meeting various forms for Committee review Governor’s officereviews the projects A letter is prepared All proposed projects areand sends a letter to and sent to the heard and voted on at the the DNR Director Governor detailing Indiana Heritage Trust approving the all approved projects Committee Meeting proposals Projects enter Land Acquisition process =Internal Process =External Process
    71. 71. How an approved project is completed All due diligence is Documents are Division of Land complete including title reviewed, signed byAcquisition begins work work, appraisal, environm grantor and returned to on project ental, surveys. Price is DNR negotiated. Documents arerecorded, final title policy Documents are prepared an Check is issued andissued, entered into entered into the signature and closing completed GIS, sent to State approval process Land Office Petition Local Government Finance to remove from tax rolls
    72. 72. Projects Proposed by Division IHT Project Distribution State Parks 9% Forestry 25%Nature Preserves 42% Outdoor Rec Fish & Wildlife Historic Sites 14% Nature Preserves Historic Sites State Parks Outdoor Rec 4% Forestry 6% Fish & Wildlife
    73. 73. Acres Acquired by Division 1996-2007 % Acreage Totals by Division Outdoor Recreation Forestry 2% 19% Historic Sites Fish & Wildlife 2% State Parks Nature Preserves Fish & Wildlife Historic Sites 53% ForestryNature Preserves Outdoor Recreation 16% State Parks 8%
    74. 74. Accomplishments Protected 51,658 acres since inception Projects in 56 Counties 345 completed projects #1 selling vanity plate every yearOngoing challenges Funding Payment in lieu of taxes

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