– Col. Richard Lieber, Founder of Indiana State Parks
- There is an Indiana State Park within an hour of every Hoosier.
- Our state park system manages 32 properties, 7 state park inns and 170,000 acres of land and water.
- More than 180 state and federally listed threatened and endangered species are found in Indiana State Parks.
- The parks contain high quality examples of nearly half of the significant natural communities recognized by the Natural Heritage Database.
- Approximately 70% of Indiana State Parks’ operating costs are generated by user fees. Only 30% comes from the State’s General Fund through taxes.
- Indiana’s state parks host approximately 15-16 million visits annually by Hoosiers and guests from other states and countries.
- Staff oversee and care for 2000 buildings, 700 miles of trails, over 600 inn rooms, 8400 campsites, 200 shelters, 160 playgrounds, 134 cabins and 75 marinas
- Although the number of properties the division manages has increased from 27 to 32 since 1988, the number of full-time staff has decreased from 385 in 1988 to 316 filled positions today (Approximately 40 additional full-time positions are currently held vacant for budgetary savings.) The division supplements operations during the spring, summer and fall with approximately 1100 seasonal positions.
- The average number of full-time staff per property has decreased from 14 in 1988 to 11 today.
ABOUT INDIANA STATE-OWNED NATURE PRESERVES
- Nature Preserves are the most widely distributed system of protected lands in Indiana, with preserves in 65 of Indiana’s 92 counties
- Nature preserves contain all but 2 of the 58 natural community types known to occur in Indiana
- Of the 213 state endangered plants, there is at least 1 protected example of 179 of them on the nature preserves
- There are 8 regional ecologists who care for this widely spread system of nature preserves – in the Central Indiana Region of 25 counties, there are 56 preserves, encompassing over 14,000 acres
- Of Indiana’s 262 nature preserves, 38 of them occur on state parks, and 70 of them are directly managed by the Division of Nature Preserve Ecologists
- In 2013, the Regional Ecologists conducted invasive species control and prescribed burns on 2649 acres
- In 1988 there were 17 Division of Nature Preserves-owned nature preserves, today there are 70
- Trails and parking lots afford visitors a chance to experience prairies, old growth forests, cypress swamps, cedar glades, and various types of wetlands