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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.

The Indiana Parks Alliance supports the rights of all people to have equal opportunities to peacefully enjoy interactions with nature. IPA will work to ensure marginalized communities are aware of the benefits of contact with nature. IPA pledges to seek and to support measures that create educational partnerships and inclusive policies that ensure an atmosphere where all can feel safe and respected while enjoying life outdoors.

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

• Advocacy
• Research
• Education
• Action

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!

Click Here for more information AND to make your donation!


Wood Warbler Coffee was created to raise funds for the conservation of natural habitat for migratory song birds and other wildlife.

When you purchase Wood Warbler Coffee, you’re not only supporting bird and wildlife friendly farming practices in Latin America and beyond, you’re also supporting bird and wildlife habitat conservation right here in the U.S.A.!

CLICK HERE to purchase your bag of Indiana Parks Alliance Bird Song Blend SMBC today! This is a delicious blend of their Smithsonian bird friendly coffee.

Bird Song Blend SMBC
– Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Nutty, Caramel. Mild acidity and a clean, smooth finish
– Medium Roast
– 12 oz. or 5 lb. Bag


President’s Ponderings

By Tom Hohman

Tom @ Prophetstown SP 2

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD FOR CONSERVATION
As our nation and the world struggles with how to best deal with the corona-virus pandemic, businesses and governments are also struggling with how to stay afloat financially. Typically, when that happens, spending for conservation is one of the first areas to be cut.  Whether that spending is for wildlife conservation or maintenance of outdoor recreation infrastructure, the thought is often that spending in those areas is not critical, and can be postponed.

While that may have been the view in the past, the unique nature of the current crisis may result in a rethinking of that approach.  During the height of the stay at home orders, many people flocked to nature and the outdoors for an escape. Whether using a local biking/hiking trail, a remote nature preserve trail, or a local fishing pond, many people rediscovered the relaxing and restorative powers of nature.  They did so in such numbers that the crowds in some of these natural areas actually caused concerns about spread of the disease.

There are signs that this may not be a temporary trend.  Large numbers of people who have rediscovered the joys of nature may not want to give it up when normalcy returns. The result, as was so apparent during those first weeks of stay at home orders, is that we need more opportunities for escapes to nature. Nature in many people’s minds has gone from a luxury to a necessity.

As the financial impacts became apparent, Indiana was in the midst of a belated attempt to make up for years of neglect.  State Parks and other DNR properties had received approval to spend $29.5 million dollars on deferred maintenance, and was promised an additional $70 million.  Unfortunately, the $70 million promised has been pulled back to help make up for revenue shortfalls.

The good news is that projects that were part of the initial $29.5 million are still being allowed to proceed.  There will certainly be tight financial times ahead, but I am cautiously optimistic that conservation will not share a disproportionate share of that burden.  As always, we need your help to let your legislators know how important conservation is to you, even during these tight times.


If you would like help IPA with our mission, click on the Donate button below to make an electronic contribution today!