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1960's Resolutions

Resolution No. 66-24

EXTENSION OF WETLANDS LOAN ACT

WHEREAS, in 1961 the Wetlands Loan Act was enacted by the Congress to enable the appropriation of funds over a seven year period for purposes of accelerating wetlands acquisition for migratory bird conservation purposes; and

WHEREAS, the need for an accelerated acquisition program has grown more urgent since enactment of original legislation; and

WHEREAS, legislation passed since the original Act has removed tax loss objections which delayed effective implementation of the original Act; and

WHEREAS, a proven need exists for the extension and modification of the 1961 Wetlands Loan Act as now in effect.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, expresses its conviction that the intents and purposes of HR-13495, now before the Congress, are the soundest approach to assuring prompt acquisition of such priority acquisitions of wetlands and that other methods advocated in various other legislation that would increase the price of part or all of the migratory bird stamps sold would not substantially effect the amount of funds available for such acquisition purposes, or provide such funds in time to meet the acquisition demands necessitated by the rapidly expanding and land-consuming society of our country. Back

Resolution No. 66-21

SPLIT HUNTING SEASON

WHEREAS, the Department of Natural Resources has issued a discretionary order establishing a split hunting season in Indiana; and

WHEREAS, notwithstanding the climatic and biological justification for a split season, it has caused a shifting of hunting pressure between adjacent portions of the two areas.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, hereby express their opposition to such a split season in Indiana, unless and until problems inherent therewith are resolved. Back

Resolution No. 66-20

CONSERVATION OFFICER ATTENDANCE AT ICCI DISTRICT MEETINGS

WHEREAS, it is the policy of the Indian Department of Natural Resources to limit the attendance of conservation officers at ICCI district meetings to such meetings as may be held in the officer's county or counties adjacent thereto; and

WHEREAS, the Indiana Conservation Council and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources have as a common objective the advancement of conservation of natural resources by educational means; and

WHEREAS, the attendance of conservation officers at meetings within the respective districts will further this objective.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, in convention assembled this 19 th day of June 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, urges the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to recognize the benefits that can accrue to both organizations in the pursuance of common objectives if conservation officers are permitted to attend ICCI district meetings throughout the district of their assignment. Back

Resolution No. 66-19

AUTHORITY FOR INDIANA CONSERVATION OFFICERS

WHEREAS, Indiana conservation officers are in constant patrol of public highways, roadways, and waters; and

WHEREAS, the problem of littering on all public areas is becoming increasingly serious.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc. in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, hereby urges that Indiana Conservation Officers, either by executive order or by means of appropriate legislation, be given the authority to enforce present and future litter laws; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources be urged to study the present allotment of conservation officers to the various counties so as to provide improved enforcement coverage in problem areas. Back

Resolution No. 66-18

MOTORBOAT LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

WHEREAS, the Indiana motorboat licensing regulations as currently exist are based upon one fee for all boats regardless of length or horsepower; and

WHEREAS, such regulations are unfair and discriminatory in that a small boat is taxed in the same amount as much larger and more powerful boats that of a necessity place more of a burden on public access and enforcement facilities.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, does hereby urge modification by the State of Indiana of boat licensing regulations so as to more properly reflect the use of public facilities and services made by various classes of boats; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that such licensing fees be graduated on the basis of boat length or horsepower, or a combination thereof. Back

Resolution No. 66-17

LITTERING OF PUBLIC WATERWAYS

WHEREAS, contamination and obstruction of streams and lakes by thoughtless or uninformed persons is as destructive, unsightly and uneconomic as is the littering of highways, roadsides, and countryside.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc. in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Mitchell, Indiana that support is hereby given to the principles of legislation that would enable an adequate and proper enforcement of present anti-litter laws; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this body supports adoption of such further regulations as might be necessary to better control littering of the public waters of the State. Back

Resolution No. 66-15

LOADED GUNS IN MOTOR VEHICLES

WHEREAS, experience has demonstrated that in Indiana and elsewhere that in the interest of hunter safety and traffic safety the practice of shooting from moving vehicles and/or across roads or highways should be curtailed; and

WHEREAS, said shooting practices are not only dangerous to those participating in them but also to others using public roads and the lands immediately adjacent to them; and

WHEREAS, there are now laws that prohibit such practices but which necessitate the apprehension of the violator while actually engaged in such an act; and

WHEREAS, the cause of conservation of our wildlife resources would also be served by more stringent regulations to prohibit such practices.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Mitchell, Indiana, does hereby support establishment of suitable legislation that would make the possession of a loaded rifle or shotgun within or on a motor vehicle a violation of the law. Back

Resolution No. 66-14

EXPANSION OF IDNR INFORMATION AND EDUCATION FACILITIES

WHEREAS, the people of Indiana are dependent upon the natural resources of the State for their prosperity, well-being, and spiritual health; and

WHEREAS, the wise use and preservation of these resources is in a large part dependent upon the knowledge and attitudes of the individual citizens of the State; and

WHEREAS, biologically sound natural resource programs are often rejected in concept by an uninformed public; and

WHEREAS, despite the fact that current efforts have bettered most of those undertaken in the past, the State of Indiana has had an does have many fine publications and available services concerning natural resource conservation which are never seen by most citizens of the state; and

WHEREAS, many conservation, civic, and related groups are eager for natural resource conservation information and projects.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, does hereby express its conviction that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources should thoroughly study the possibility of an expanded public education and information division with broad programs to better inform the citizens of Indiana on natural resource problems; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the establishment of a position of "information and education officer" or some similar post be studies; the purpose of such an office being to provide one direct contact for all groups that might wish educational service from the IDNR, whether it be the appearance of technical personnel, literature, or a suggested program for various natural resources conservation projects. Back

Resolution No. 66-13

AQUATIC GROWTH CONTROL PERMITS

WHEREAS, the practice of spraying the public waters of Indiana for aquatic growth control by citizens organizations and private individuals is becoming more prevalent; and

WHEREAS, certain precautions should be observed in the use of chemicals commonly used for this purpose; and

WHEREAS, all those who use a body of water may be subject to any potential dangers involved.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, urges the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to review with increased vigilance all permits for such spraying, to insure that such chemicals are used only where the individual situation warrants, and in a safe and proper manner. Back

Resolution No. 66-12

MANDATORY EMPLOYMENT OF COUNTY SANITARIAN

WHEREAS, the State of Indiana, along with the rest of the nation, is experiencing a rapidly growing population; and

WHEREAS, the accelerated development of land into subdivisions in suburban and rural areas as well as adjacent to streams, natural lakes, and impoundments is creating hazards to the health of the general public and is contributing to pollution and endangering various wildlife forms as a result of improperly constructed private sewage disposal systems.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, herby expresses its conviction that Indiana counties should be required to employ a full-time professional sanitarian as is now suggested by the Indiana State Board of Health; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that persons who fill the office of such position of County Sanitarian be required to meet certain minimum qualifications as to education and training; and that county board of health be required to enforce appropriate regulations as already suggested by appropriate guidelines set forth by the Indiana State Board of Health in model county sanitary installation requirements. Back

Resolution No. 66-11

STUDY OF INSECT AND PLANT CONTROL METHODS

WHEREAS, increasing evidence points to the dangers of widespread spraying of persistent chemicals for control of insect pests and noxious plants; and

WHEREAS, the long range effects of many pesticides and herbicides are defined by the Department of Interior as "largely unknown"; and

WHEREAS, such persistent pesticides and herbicides have been found to be at fault in many instances of wildlife deaths and in the death of at least one Hoosier child; and

WHEREAS, mounting evidence points the finger of suspicion at pesticides as long range causative agents of several degenerative diseases.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mills State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, hereby supports the belief that the widespread use of pesticides and herbicides, whether by individuals, groups, or state or federal agencies, should be discouraged; and that appropriate studies be speedily instigated by state and federal agencies to find suitable means of biological and mechanical control of insect pests and noxious plants; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the professional applicators of pesticides should be required to hold a permit license which assures they have met certain minimum requirements as to the effects, application, and safety precautions to be observed, for each chemical they use. Back

Resolution No. 66-10

SHORELINE ALTERATIONS

WHEREAS, the practice of making shoreline alterations on the public waters of Indiana is becoming more prevalent; and

WHEREAS, such alterations, whether consisting of removal or addition of material to the water body, are often effected for personal gain and not in the best interest of the public.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill Park, Mitchell, Indiana, expresses its belief that applications for shoreline alteration permits should be carefully screened, and that those applications which request alterations which would be detrimental to the public interest be refused where Indiana law so permits. Back

Resolution No. 66-9

SAFETY COLORS FOR DEER HUNTERS

WHEREAS, the sport of deer hunting is becoming of increasing importance in Indiana; and

WHEREAS, concentrations of deer and hunters are often quite intense and create a situation favorable to shooting accidents; and

WHEREAS, a series of tests at Harvard University have proven conclusively that given a reasonably well-defined combination of normal physical and mental factors, any intelligent human being, expert or tyro, man or woman, can see a deer where no deer exists; and

WHEREAS, during a test conducted by technicians of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Game, vision experts of the American Optical Company and the Strategic Army Command, fluorescent blaze orange was so completely out of place in nature that it is both immediately apparent and most unlikely to be mistaken for any color in the natural scheme, while at the same time appearing the most brilliant during the accident prone hours of dawn and dusk or when heavy shadows destroy much of the light; and

WHEREAS, fluorescent blaze orange was declared best after exhaustive tests proved it is the only color easily detected by persons with normal vision and by those with varying degrees of color deficiency.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, hereby states its conviction that the possibility of accidental shootings during Indiana's deer seasons could be substantially reduced through a requirement that deer hunters be required to wear 200 square inches of fluorescent orange material about the head and shoulders while hunting during the deer season. Back

Resolution No. 66-8

RETIREMENT PROGRAM FOR IDNR EMPLOYEES

WHEREAS, retirement proceeds and disability and death benefits for conservation officers and other employees of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are woefully inadequate under contemporary conditions; and

WHEREAS, the maintenance of high standards of department performance is dependent upon the acquisition and retention of personnel that are often attracted by the lucrative fringe benefit programs of business, industry, and federal service; and

WHEREAS, while salaries are an important item of interest to present and potential employees, fringe benefits may be even a more important factor in a broad consideration where a career employee must make a choice as to whether to leave his chosen work for a less desirable but more financially secure position in the event of retirement, disability or death.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana General Assembly be urged to speedily implement a plan that would provide retirement, disability, and death benefits for IDNR employees under a program where both employee and employer would contribute, and which would provide benefits at least approaching minimum standards of business and industry. Back

Resolution No. 66-7

ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INDIANA FREE FLOW STREAM SYSTEM

WHEREAS, certain streams possess exceptional qualities as habitat for important fish and wildlife resources; and

WHEREAS, certain streams are outstanding for their scenic values and other assets for educational enlightenment and appreciation of nature despite certain objectionable developments of them; and

WHEREAS, the values of these streams are preserved and enhanced best when they are maintained in as nearly natural, unpolluted, and free flowing condition as possible, unhampered by dams, diversions, withdrawal facilities, and other developments which alter their characters.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill Park, Mitchell, Indiana, hereby expresses its conviction in the principle that the public interest will be served by the immediate establishment of an Indiana Free Flow Stream System, composed initially of those streams (or portions thereof) upon which there is widespread general agreement that they should be set aside in free-flowing conditions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the provision must be made for the addition of other streams to the System as studies and investigations reveal their merit and suitability; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that no stream shall be disqualified on the basis of past misuse but after incorporation into the System shall be projected against additional encroachment or expansion of objectional installations or features present when it was admitted. Back

Resolution No. 66-6

OUTLET STRUCTURES FOR IMPOUNDMENTS

WHEREAS, the State of Indiana in cooperation with the U.S. Army Engineers and other agencies of the federal government is currently considering, constructing and/or planning numerous impoundments for the purpose of flood control in Indiana; and

WHEREAS, a supplementary use of such impoundments and tail-waters thereof will be to provide recreation in its various forms for the citizens of the State; and

WHEREAS, it has been demonstrated that multiple outlet drain control structures which permit the combining of water from various depths of the pools so formed are of great value in providing proper combinations of water temperature and dissolved oxygen in order to permit the establishment of fisheries of various desirable cold and warm water species in the tail-waters of such impoundments.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council in annual convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, does hereby urge the government of the State of Indiana, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Water Resources Council, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and any other appropriate federal or state agencies, to consider in the planning of any and all future impoundments in Indiana, the feasibility of incorporating such multiple outlet structures were they may be of significant benefit to tail-water fisheries of the project under consideration. Back

Resolution No. 66-3

COLORADO RIVER DAMS

WHEREAS, the Colorado River of the Grand Canyon is an extraordinary wild river and is generally considered as common property of all the citizens of the Nation; and

WHEREAS, construction of two dams, one at Marble Gorge and one at Bridge Canyon, is currently being considered and advocated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; and

WHEREAS, such dams would flood all but 100 miles of the undamed portion of the Colorado River and resultant backwaters would extend completely through the Grand Canyon National Monument and into Grand Canyon National Park - destroying a river that has no counterpart for unspoiled scenic grandeur in the world; and

WHEREAS, the proposed dams are listed by the Bureau of Reclamation as "cash register dams" to encourage the sale of electric power to pay pumping and irrigation costs which could be effected equally well and possibly cheaper by steam, nuclear, or other means; and

WHEREAS, a precedent of despoiling a national park for commercial purposes should not be set.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell Indiana, that construction of any dams, including the Marble and Bridge Canyon Projects, on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon should be discouraged, and that every alternative method be considered to provide generation of power, if needed, in order to preserve the unique character of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, so as to Preserve the Splendor of the area for future generations of Americans. Back

Resolution No. 66-2

RAMPART DAM PROJECT

WHEREAS, construction of a huge dam on the Yukon River of Alaska to be known as the Rampart Dam is being contemplated; and

WHEREAS, said project would inundate eight million acres during the initial filling period (which would extend for 30 years) including 400 river miles of the mainstream Yukon and 12,600 miles of tributaries; and

WHEREAS, the Natural Resources Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have expressed great apprehensions as to the adverse effects of such an impoundment upon existing wildlife resources in the extensive area to be inundated; and

WHEREAS, a resent study has shown in effect that other means would be cheated and more practicable to generate electric power for this great area, if needed.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, that the construction of the Rampart Dam would be opposed to the best interests of the people of Alaska and the Nation and especially harmful to valuable and in some instances irreplaceable wildlife habitat; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that wildlife values should be given increased consideration in the planning of this project and that the need for the generation of power and the quantities same as well as suitable alternative methods of generation such as nuclear, steam, and electrogas-dynamics be given proper study before a project of this magnitude be considered. Back

Resolution No. 66-1

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE STUDIES

WHEREAS, disposition of the proposals for the establishment of the Wabash and the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuges in Indiana was recently effected by the appropriate Federal agencies through the rejection and elimination of the former and the approval and establishment of the latter; and

WHEREAS, land suitable for such beneficial wildlife projects is being consumed for other uses at an accelerated rate and will in the near future become prohibitively expensive, if available at all; and

WHEREAS, it is desirable that future citizens of Indiana and the Nation be privilege to know and observe all wildlife forms that would be benefited by the establishment of such projects in several locations throughout the State; and

WHEREAS, preliminary studies have shown two additional sites, known as the "Bogus Island" area in Newton County and the "Mallards! Roost" area in Noble County, have value as potential refuge sites.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 19 th day of June, 1966, at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana, hereby request the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to undertake detailed studies as to the suitability of these sites for national wildlife refuge purposes, and to consider establishment of National Wildlife Refuges at these locations should such studies prove favorable. Back

Resolution No. 67-1

CLOSED SEASON ON GROUNDHOGS

WHEREAS, the groundhogs provide cover and protection for various wildlife, certain precautions should be taken in the preservation of this animal from unnecessary killing.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual convention assembled June 25, 1967 at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that a closed season be established for the protection of the groundhog; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a closed season would not apply to persons owning or in possession of land where killing groundhogs is necessary to prevent damage to such lands. Back

Resolution No. 67-2

REVENUE FROM STATE HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE

WHEREAS, the use of revenue obtained from hunting and fishing license federal tax returned to Indiana be used in the area of fish and game promotion.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual convention assembled June 25, 1967 at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that the revenue from hunting and fishing license and federal tax returned, cannot be used for the purchase of camping sites, upkeep or the development of camping areas. Back

Resolution No. 67-3

STREAM POLLUTION LAW REVISION

WHEREAS, contamination and obstruction of streams and lake by thoughtless or uniformed persons is destructive to our fish population.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual convention assembled June 24-25, 1967 at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that support be given to legislation to establish an adequate and proper enforcement of present stream pollution laws necessary to protect our fish population, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this body support adoption of such further regulations as might be necessary for the enforcement and control of population of the public waters of the State. Back

Resolution No. 67-4

STAFF BIOMETRICIAN

WHEREAS, the application of latest statistical techniques to management of fish and game populations within the State of Indiana is essential to proper management of those resources in the face of an increasing population harvesting those resources; and

WHEREAS, increased statistical information regarding utilization of recreational facilities of all forms within the State of Indiana is essential to assure adequate development of such facilities at a rate paralleling population growth and the rte of utilization.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual meeting assembled June 25, 1967, at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that all affiliated chapters within the entire State of Indiana endorse efforts by the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Indiana to obtain a staff Biometrician to assist in evaluation of census techniques, fish and game harvest data, and facilities utilization data, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that said Biometrician have available to him such computer facilities as required to apply appropriate statistical techniques to his assigned duties. Back

Resolution No. 67-5

FOUR ADDITIONAL FISH MANAGEMENT BIOLOGISTS

WHEREAS, the pressure of ever increasing demands on fish and game resources of the State of Indiana necessitates increasing management control of these resources by technically qualified personnel; and

WHEREAS, the present staff of trained biologist working in the four conservation districts of the State of Indiana can offer at best only partial management control and investigation of their assigned areas due to the volume of work required and time expended in making required surveys and studies during primarily the limited times of the year when the total ecology of particularly lakes and rivers is available for study; and

WHEREAS, many areas of the state, particularly strip mine pits in the southwestern portion of the State of Indiana, offer additional areas that are now waste lands and that can potentially be developed for public fishing with adequate skilled technical assistance from trained biologist.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual convention assembled June 25, 1967, at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana that all affiliated chapters within the State of Indiana endorse efforts by the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Indiana to obtain four additional fish biologists so that recognized essential needs can be filled to enhance existing public fishing areas and to develop additional public fishing facilities. Back

Resolution No. 67-6

ACQUIRING PUBLIC ACCESS AREAS

WHEREAS, all waters of lakes and streams within the State of Indiana other than private impoundments, are considered public domain; and

WHEREAS, many of these public waters are inaccessible to residents of the State of Indiana for sport or recreational purposes due to private development along either the complete shore line or along areas of the shoreline affording reasonable access to these waters.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual convention assembled June 24-25, 1967 at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that all affiliated chapters within the State of Indiana vigorously and actively promulgate efforts intended to enjoin the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Indiana by statutory means from participation in management of such waters or in the stocking of fish in such waters until such time that free public access to those waters for sport and/or recreational purposes are possible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Department of Natural Resources undertake efforts intended to acquire access areas to lakes and waterways of sufficient size for sport and recreational purposes where private developments have effectively closed those or where private development threatens the closing of public access to such waters. Back

Resolution No. 67-7

COLORED PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR HUNTERS

WHEREAS, numerous deer hunters have been inadvertently killed by other hunters and lives of other persons in deer ranges have been endangered due to inadequate identification because clothing worn has blended with the environment within which those persons were moving; and

WHEREAS, the need for adequate identification, of such hunters/ persons by the use of clothing of a fluorescent orange color has become mandatory in certain Federally controlled hunting preserves and in certain states; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Indiana has taken cognizance of the life protecting capability of such fluorescent orange colored protective clothing and recommends the use of this clothing for deer hunters; and

BE IT FURTHE RESOLVED, by the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual convention assembled June 25, 1967, at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that all affiliated chapters within the State of Indiana vigorously and actively promulgate efforts intended to establish statutory requirements for the wearing of fluorescent orange colored clothing by all deer hunters and by all persons using designated open deer ranges for recreational purposes during the designated deer hunting season. Back

Resolution No. 67-8

ANTI LITTER LAWS

WHEREAS, untold tens of thousands of dollars are spent annually by all governmental bodies within the State of Indiana in cleaning litter from public areas; and

WHEREAS, litter is becoming an increasing problem in and along waterways within the State of Indiana.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual convention assembled June 24-25, 1967, at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that all affiliated chapters within the State of Indiana vigorously encourage, aid and abet enforcement of anti litter laws currently in force as a deterrent to indiscriminate littering by all persons; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all affiliated chapters vigorously and actively promote such additional statutes and ordinances, both state and local, required to fill gaps in existing anti litter laws; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all affiliated chapters working through their district and local organizations develop methods for enforcement of anti litter laws using valid techniques within existing legal frameworks, including citizen's arrest; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that coordination of these locally developed techniques be through the Board of Directors of this organization, with a view toward development of a uniform state wide method for litter control Back

Resolution No. 67-9

AUTHORITY FOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT OF STATE OWNED LANDS

WHEREAS, the management of game populations in forests and projected wilderness areas within the State of Indiana will require constant review to assure the maintenance of those populations at levels consistent with capacity of those game ranges and thus prevent overcrowding of the ranges or an imbalance in the natural distribution of various types, and kinds of wildlife populations on these ranges; and

WHEREAS, the number of hunting areas in respect to the total number of hunters is diminishing.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual convention assembled June 26, 1967 at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that management programs for state forests and projected wilderness areas include a program of controlled hunting whereby a population balance within each area be maintained; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that management personnel for specific areas be delegated full authority to adjust closing times, and dates for hunting within those areas. This authority would include the right to close hunting for specie, or sex of that particular specie, immediately upon achievement of a desired balance of wildlife within the specific area, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proposed flexible controls over hunting specific state owned properties be extended to complete closing of such areas to hunting, when in the judgment of management personnel, such hunting would result in depletion of the game population in a given range. Back

Resolution No. 67-10

DISEASED ELM TREE REMOVAL

WHEREAS, stands of the American Elm tree are threatened by Dutch Elm Disease that has infested trees in the State of Indiana; and

WHEREAS, other tree and plant diseases can result in parallel decimation of other tree and plant populations within the State of Indiana; and

WHEREAS, often the desirable means for controlling tree or plant disease is the removal and disposal of those diseased trees or plants; and

WHEREAS, the removal and disposal of such diseased trees or plans is a costly process for an individual akin to an Act of God over which that individual has little if any control.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc. in annual convention assembled June 25, 1967, at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that coordinated efforts be initiated by the Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture of the State of Indiana and appropriate agencies of individual counties an municipalities within the State of Indiana to vigorously enforce existing statutes for disposal of such diseased trees or plants on uniform guidelines to be established jointly by these referenced agencies and other appropriate governmental and citizens groups; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any necessary removal of these diseased trees or plants be accomplished by labor available in the form of properly supervised able bodies public aid recipients, Federal Job Corps members, Federally sponsored local work programs, in the belief that such experience would further engender an appreciation of the out-of-doors in many such persons residing in crowded urban conditions, that such experience would provide valuable basic forestry training to the indicated groups of individuals, and that use of such labor would result in the performance of an essential conservation task beyond the means of individual actions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that vigorous enforcement of present statutes regarding disposal of diseased trees and plants, include punishment of persons denying access of delegated personnel of authorized agencies to woods or diseased plants that are being stored for domestic purposes, or are being held for resale as fireplace wood; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the next succeeding meeting of the State Legislature take cognizance of the depletion of a natural resource (trees and plants) that give pleasure to all residents of the State of Indiana and investigate means whereby financial impact now borne solely by individuals, for the disposal of large tracts of trees and plants that have become diseased by what is virtually an act of God, could be lessened. Back

Resolution No. 67-11

CONSERVATION OFFICER PENSION

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of conservation and utilization of natural resources in the State of Indiana in the face of increasing population, mobility of residents of the state, and greater utilization of all facilities, that the highest caliber of sincerely motivated, conscientious, personnel b engaged as Conservation Officers charged with protection of resources that are common property of all residents of the State of Indiana; and

WHEREAS, the duties of these Conservation Officers are of an extremely demanding physical nature in addition to the hazards associated with law enforcement responsibilities, and are further conditioned by both time expended in the carrying out of those responsibilities and in dealing with the widely diverse seasonal and topographic environments within which those responsibilities are exercised; and

WHEREAS, the recruitment of men qualified for appointment as Conservation Officers, together with their training equipping, and imparting necessary general know-how is a costly and lengthy procedure that is in direct competition with industry.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in annual convention assembled, June 24-25, 1967, at Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana, that all affiliated chapters within the State of Indiana actively promulgate efforts intended to establish and effective selection program for candidates and a pension program for Conservation Officers paralleling the right and benefits enjoyed by other State of Indiana law enforcement officers as an incentive for maintenance and future recruitment of an outstanding corps of Conservation Officers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all currently employed Conservation Officers having one year or more of tenure be granted these proposed rights and benefits without examination, provided their performance and conduct has met proposed standards and has been beyond reproach in their professional areas; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any selection board to be charged with selection of future Conservation Officers include selected representatives of the Department of Natural Resources, the appropriate department(s) of Purdue University, and lay representatives of appropriate citizens groups. This selection board should have authority to hire expert council as necessary to aid establishing criteria for evaluation of prospective candidates for appointment as Conservation Officers and should have discretionary privileges in making appointments for unique or specialized assignments requiring skills or capabilities beyond those normally expected of Conservation Officers. Back

Resolution No. 68-1

POLLUTION OF LAKE MICHIGAN

WHEREAS, Lake Michigan is a priceless asset to the spiritual and economic well-being of the people of the State of Indiana as well as the citizens of other states which border on its waters; and

WHEREAS, premature aging of the lake, danger to public health, economic loss and the destruction of aesthetic and recreational values are the ultimate and direct results of the pollution which has been and is taking place on the shore of the lake; and

WHEREAS, the dumping of spoil into the lake from dredging operations at Indiana Harbor and extensive industrial wastes are creating a serious pollution problem; and

WHEREAS, the preservation and enhancement of Lake Michigan waters are considered to be vital importance to the citizens of Indiana.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in conservation assembled this 23 rd day of June, 1968, that extension of every effort be made by State and Federal Authorities to bring a halt to the malpractices as pertain to the pollution of the waters of Lake Michigan, whatever they may be, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the standards established by Indiana under the Water Quality Act of 1965 (Public Law 89-234) be applied and enforced in the abatement of pollution in Lake Michigan and the watershed of the lake. Back

Resolution No. 68-2

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AUTHORITY

WHEREAS, the expansion of municipal and industrial areas and transportation systems, problems of waste disposal, changes in agricultural practices, and water developments are resulting from increasing human population pressures; and

WHEREAS, these developments are having profound and often adverse effects upon the ecological systems which operate within and form the natural environment of the State; and

WHEREAS, many environmental changes blight, degrade, and destroy the quality of living experiences and ultimately may threaten man's very existence.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 23 rd day of June 1968, hereby expresses its conviction that an appropriate body of qualified scientists and ecologists should be appointed by the State of Indiana to form an environmental quality authority which should be authorized and directed to conduct investigations, studies, surveys and such other research that will lead to an understanding of how the complex and inter-related natural resources of Indiana can be managed so as to prevent environmental decay, believing that it need not be an inevitable result of industrial and technological progress. Back

Resolution No. 68-3

CAMP ATTERBURY

WHEREAS, the demand for various types of outdoor recreation has increased greatly in the last few years; and

WHEREAS, the majority of the pressure has been placed upon state-owned lands; and

WHEREAS, more land is needed to try to provide the general public additional recreational facilities in order to relieve this already over-burdened areas;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 23 rd day of June 1968, give full support to the Department of Natural Resources for the acquisition of the 6300 acres of surplus land on Camp Atterbury, for the purpose of providing additional park and recreational areas for the general public; and

WHEREAS, with complete consideration for the recreational needs for this land, this organization is opposed to the sale of this surplus land to private interest for development. Back

Resolution No. 68-4

OUTDOOR INDIANA MAGAZINE

WHEREAS, the magazine "Outdoor Indiana" is the official publication of the Department of Natural Resources made up of various divisions of which none of their primary functions are historical in nature; and

WHEREAS, the magazine "Outdoor Indian" is dominated by historical articles and no representative of the various divisions of the Department of Natural Resources;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc. in convention assembled this 23 rd day of June, 1968, that all affiliated chapters within the entire state of Indiana recommends in addition to historical emphasis, the needed conservation educational interests as represented by all division of the Department of Natural Resources; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this, by no means, indicates a negative attitude toward Indiana's great historical treasure, but points out the need for more "conservation" articles and much less historical emphasis in our outdoor magazine, "Outdoor Indiana". Back

Resolution No. 68-5

BOAT RENTAL INSPECTION

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc. in convention assembled this 23 rd day of June, 1968, that all boats offered for rental be inspected by the State Department of Natural Resources, to assure that boats are of suitable quality. All boats offered for rental should be rated for capacity per boat, with suitable penalties for persons exceeding these limits. Back

Resolution No. 68-6

WILDLIFE PRESERVE PARKING

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc. in convention assembled this 23 rd day of June, 1968, that the State Highway Department or appropriate body should provide parking for cards in the area of Route 8 and 39 junction, to permit public viewing of migratory birds in the Kankakee Wildlife Preserve. Back

Resolution No. 68-7

PROPER USE OF CHEMICALS

WHEREAS, the present-day utilization of chemicals has become more widespread and of common use in our industrial, agricultural, and domestic lives; and

WHEREAS, research studies have indicated a concern for thorough screening of insecticides and herbicides for their residual and long-range effect on fish and wildlife.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 23 rd day of June 1968, that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources investigate possible legislation for the enforcement of the proper use of all insecticides and herbicides, including possible prohibition of all use of some extremely dangerous and residual chemicals which may have harmful effects on fish and wildlife; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., hereby obligates its full support to the Department of Natural Resources in its responsibility to eliminate the widespread misuse of insecticides and herbicides in the State of Indiana. Back

Resolution No. 68-8

AMEND CONSERVATION LAWS

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc. in convention assembled this 23 rd day of June, 1968, support the Natural Resources Legislative Study Committee's proposed legislation to amend the old conservation laws and bring them up to date. Back

Resolution No. 68-9

PREVIOUS RESOLUTIONS PASSED

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc. in convention assembled this 23 rd day of June, 1968, re-affirm our continued support of resolutions adopted at previous conventions. Back

Resolution No. 68-10

RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION

WHEREAS, the 1968 I.C.C.I. annual meeting, held at the Chain O'Lakes Conservation Club, in South Bend, Indiana, has been of outstanding value to the officers, directors, delegates and member clubs of I.C.C.I.; and

WHEREAS, the success of this meeting is due in great part to the exceptional effort, preparation and cooperation of the officers and members of the host club and their seemingly inexhaustible supply of ideas, manpower and patience.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Conservation Council, Inc., in convention assembled this 23 rd day of June, 1968, hereby express its sincere appreciation and thanks to the Chain O'Lakes Conservation Club, the St. Joe County Council and District #4, for their effort in making the 1968 I.C.C.I. annual meeting an outstanding success and would recommend that all I.C.C.I. member organizations emulate the interest and effort of the Chain O'Lakes members in affairs of the State organization. Back