The Indiana Parks Alliance (IPA) is a charitable organization that supports and advocates for Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) State Parks and Nature Preserves, and the people they serve through education, promotion, fundraising and assistance for local friends groups.
We consider ourselves an organization of “doers” who advocate for and promote these public lands and the opportunities they provide. That’s why our partners are so important to us. IPA integrates their objectives into one agenda to create a unified network of action for the natural and cultural resources and facilities in our Indiana State Parks and Indiana Nature Preserves. Our partners include state parks, state-owned nature preserves, the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, local friends groups and YOU as a member!
What We Do
What You Should Know
We do not raise funds to acquire land; there are other organizations that focus their attention in that area. We do not raise funds for daily operational costs or routine maintenance for Indiana State Parks or state-owned Nature Preserves. We believe these should continue to be provided through user fees and Indiana’s State Budget process. We DO work to enhance the experiences of visitors, protect our natural and cultural resources and maintain a Hoosier legacy for generations to come.
Click to read the: IPA 2019 Annual Report
SAVE OUR ASH TREES!
The Indiana Parks Alliance is working with Indiana State Parks and Nature Preserves to protect 200+ mature, seed producing ash trees across the state to save this native species for the future.
The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that has killed tens of millions of ash trees since it first came to the U.S. in 2002. As of March 2017, EAB has been documented in all 92 counties in Indiana. Within the next ten years, 95% of all ash trees in Indiana will have been lost!
By Tom Hohman
Sometimes it takes bad news to encourage people to take action. According to research published last year in the journal Science, breeding bird populations in the U.S. and Canada have declined almost 30% since 1970. All types of wildlife are also declining, and in many cases significantly.
Efforts to enact major conservation legislation have been underway for years, resulting in the proposed Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). This bipartisan legislation, currently embodied in H.R. 3742, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, and is now awaiting action by the full House. It has garnered an impressive list of 178 co-sponsors, including Rep. Susan Brooks (R) and Andre Carson (D) both of Indiana.
IPA fully supports this potentially landmark legislation. It would make significant federal funding available to Indiana’s conservation efforts, although Indiana would need to approve matching state funding to access them. The funding would be administered by DNR’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, but those funds would not just be used on Fish & Wildlife properties. They would also be used on state park, nature preserve, and forest properties. In addition, they could be used on lands of local governments, land trusts, and other private owners. For the first time they would give those tasked with helping our natural areas with the funds needed to actually do their job.
I encourage you to contact your U.S. Representative or Senator to encourage their support for this legislation.
If you would like help IPA with our mission, click on the Donate button below to make an electronic contribution today!