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 2016 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!
Trails, Trails, Trails
By Tom Hohman
I recently had the opportunity to try out the new trail at Bluffs of Beaver Bend Nature Preserve, called Nubbin Ridge Trail. I’ve wanted to get there for years, and I found it well worth the drive.
There’s a small parking lot along the shore of White River, and a short walk along a closed gravel road to the trail head. The walk along the gravel road is itself impressive, with large ferns and giant jack-in-the-pulpit alongside the road. The trail winds through the woods and across boulder lined streams that remind me of trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Be sure to keep watch for the overlook that gives fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Eventually the trail returns you to the gravel road.
Division of Nature Preserves, with the help of private donations and partner organizations, is making an attempt to open up more of its preserves to public access. Trails have been opened in the last several years at Nine Penny Nature Preserve near Charlestown and at Stoutsberg Savannah Nature Preserve in Jasper County. Directions and preserve information on all of these and others can be found on their web site at https://www.in.gov/dnr/naturepreserve/4698.htm.
While all of the state parks have trails, many of them are overused and loved to death. State Parks staff are making a concerted effort to repair and improve many of these trails. One of the favorite state park trails, Rocky Hollow trail at Turkey Run State Park, recently underwent a major renovation. Work was completed this spring, and the trail is now open again. The improvements allow visitors to enjoy the trail through the canyon while protecting the plants and natural communities within it.
IPA recently awarded State Parks funding to enable more of its staff to attend a trail construction and maintenance training session. We feel that this work is some of the most important they do, and will be looking for other ways in the future to help in these efforts. Of course this help is only possible due to the continued generosity of you, our members.
If you would like help IPA with our mission, click on the Donate button below to make an electronic contribution today!