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2010's Resolutions

Resolution No. 2010-01


WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of the Army has declared the Newport Chemical Depot (NECD) to be surplus property; and

WHEREAS, the total acreage is approximately 7,000 acres;

WHEREAS, less than 4% of Indiana acres are public lands; and

WHEREAS, biodiversity conservation is of utmost importance to all conservationists, and the NECD represents one of the most significant opportunities in Indiana for conservation efforts; and

WHEREAS, the habitat on NECD represents an outstanding opportunity for restoration management for 2,000 acres of forests, 213 acres of wetlands, 3,000 acres of agricultural lands, 336 acres of the largest contiguous black soil Tallgrass prairie in the State; including 176 acres of High Quality Natural Communities that are rare or critically imperiled in the State and 680 acres of Natural Areas; and

WHEREAS, there is documentation of over 150 species of birds, 35 mammals, 15 species of reptiles, 15 species of amphibians and 32 species of fish, and more than 400 species of plants (including five State watch-list species); and

WHEREAS, nine (9) endangered species are known to be present on NECD, namely the Indiana bat, Peregrine falcon, Northern harrier, Virginia rail, Henslow’s sparrow and Sedge wren; and

WHEREAS, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Protection Act and Executive Order 13186 -- Responsibilities of Federal Agencies To Protect Migratory Birds provide protection and conservation of the Indiana bat and migratory birds at NECD; and the Clean Water Act provides protection and conservation of the wetlands; and the Farmland Protection Policy Act may provide protection for farmlands, forest land, pastureland, cropland, or other land, but not water or urban built-up land of NECD;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc. in annual meeting June 4 and 5, 2010 at Clifty Falls State Park, Madison, Indiana, strongly urges the State of Indiana through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and any other appropriate agencies to conserve and protect the aforementioned natural resources for compatible public outdoor recreation activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife watching, mushroom hunting, hiking, biking; and to conserve and protect the agricultural lands for future agricultural production areas or future restoration areas. Back

Resolution No. 2010 – 02


WHEREAS, Indiana has more than 4.7 million acres of forest land, about 19 percent of the state’s total land base, making it a very important habitat type for Indiana’s diversity of wildlife species and,

WHEREAS, 87 percent of Indiana’s forest land is privately owned, divided up among more than 100,000 landowners, which leaves only about 537,000 forested acres (out of Indiana’s 23.2 million acre land base) in public ownership and,

WHEREAS, private forest management and land use ranges from little or no management or use to active timber production, with many types of land and forest uses and management mixed in, creating a patchwork of forest types, intensive agriculture and human use areas, often producing poor wildlife habitat for many wildlife species and,

WHEREAS, prior to man’s relatively short influence, ecologically speaking, on the state’s landscape, Indiana forests were greatly influenced by natural forces such as wildfires, insects, flooding, storms and old age, in fact, the very nature of Indiana’s current forested environment was initiated by much more harsh disturbances occurring at a much broader scale and,

WHEREAS, natural forests are dynamic, ever-changing systems due to plant succession and natural forces, that will change over long time horizons, creating an ever-changing mix of young, middle aged, old and dying forests, dictating the types of wildlife species that can survive with each of those successional plant stages and,

WHEREAS, adding man’s influence to the forest management mix, often based only on short-term and exploitive goals, has dramatically shaped a forest landscape that has gone from mass deforestation to natural tree repopulation and now significant forest protection and,

WHEREAS, maintaining the greatest diversity of wildlife species will require habitat on both ends of the plant successional continuum, the early (0-20 years after cutting) and old growth (greater than 100 years) stages of forest succession, while creating an appropriate mix of frequently disturbed forest, less frequently disturbed mid-successional forest, very infrequently disturbed older forests and completely undisturbed forest and,

WHEREAS, prescribed fire, mowing, herbicides and timber cutting are man-made tools used to mimic natural disturbances and necessary to overcome habitat deficiencies not now provided by man-suppressed natural disturbances and,

WHEREAS, 70 percent of all wildlife species living in Indiana require the kind of habitat that is found in forests less than 40 years old and,

WHEREAS, given the uncoordinated and unpredictable nature of private land forest management, the best chance of improving and maintaining diversity of Indiana’s wildlife species and populations, in the short term, will occur on public forest land and,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc. in annual meeting June 4 and 5, 2010 at Clifty Falls State Park, Madison, Indiana, strongly urges the State of Indiana and the Federal Government, through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the US Forest Service to manage public and private forest lands with sustainable management activities and plans that promote all stages of forest succession across the landscape, ensuring the health and balance of Indiana’s forest wildlife habitat for years to come, and that recognizes the environmental, economic and recreational values of forests in the following more specific manner:

  • Public forest lands management should utilize a combination of uncut and over mature areas (approx. 15% of the total area) with the remaining woodlands on an 80 to 100-year cutting rotation using a balance of uneven and even-aged systems to promote diverse stands of varying age and composition.
  • Strategies for individual areas should take into account the surrounding landscape, strive to minimize forest fragmentation and protect special areas such as wetlands, waterways, unique wildlife habitats, and maintain corridors and minimum habitat area requirements of wildlife species.
  • Support, increase and properly fund private forest land management education and informational programs stressing proper wildlife habitat management not only within the boundaries of individually owned land, but across a broader landscape.
  • Whenever possible, public forest management plans should begin to take into account landscape wildlife habitat needs which will include, by necessity, private land management just as watershed management is now beginning to be recognized as vital for improvement of our water quality.
  • And finally, but certainly not least, dramatically increase funding for public forest land acquisition and active management. Back


Resolution No. 2014 - 01        


WHEREAS, the Indiana Wildlife Federation is an organization of affiliated conservation clubs and concerned citizens of Indiana; and

WHEREAS, the Anderson Corporation for Economic Development has proposed construction of a dam on the White River in the City of Anderson; and

WHEREAS, the Indiana Wildlife Federation is basing this resolution on the information available at this time; and

WHEREAS, the proposed dam would create a reservoir approximately 7 miles long and 2,000 acres in size; and

WHEREAS, the reservoir would inundate approximately 10 miles of high quality, free flowing river and close to 1,000 acres of forested lands adjacent to the river; and

WHEREAS, included in the areas to be flooded are several wetland areas, approximately 1/3 of Mounds State Park and the Mounds Fen State Nature Preserve in its entirety; and

WHEREAS, the Indiana Wildlife Federation is dedicated to the conservation, sound management and sustainable use of Indiana’s wildlife and wildlife habitat; and

WHEREAS, this project would cause a significant and irreparable loss of habitat and damage to local wildlife populations, and

WHEREAS, the State of Indiana has awarded the Anderson Corporation of Economic Development $600,000 to conduct a feasibility study with results available later this year.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Indiana Wildlife Federation, assembled at its annual meeting on June 21, 2014 at its Indianapolis, Indiana office, expresses its opposition to the proposed Mounds Reservoir, and urges its members to also express their opposition to the reservoir.  Your browser security settings don't permit the editor to automatically execute copying operations. Back.


Resolution No. 2014 - 02


WHEREAS, the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) is an organization of affiliated conservation organizations and concerned citizens of Indiana; and,

WHEREAS, the IWF has a long history (since 1938) of being dedicated to the conservation, sound management and sustainable use of Indiana’s wildlife and wildlife habitat; and,

WHEREAS, the IWF has previously approved Resolutions 2003-1 (Importation of Domestic Deer and Elk) and 2008-7 (Shooting Wildlife Enclosed by High Fences) raising concerns about disease outbreaks on high-fenced shooting preserves, shipping diseased animals into Indiana and strongly condemning the shooting of wildlife confined by high fencing; and,

WHEREAS, the IWF fully supports the National Wildlife Federation’s resolution “Chronic Wasting Disease – State Importation and Exportation Ban.”

WHEREAS, the IWF wishes to update and reaffirm the organization’s condemnation of high-fenced captive cervid shooting facilities, serious concerns about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) among captive cervids which has now spread to 21 states and 2 Canadian Provinces, and the potential adverse financial impacts of an outbreak of CWD on Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fish and Wildlife Fund, which is financed by Indiana’s hunters and anglers, and to the state’s economy from the more than $300 million annual contribution from fair chase deer hunters; and,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana Wildlife Federation, assembled at its annual meeting on June 21, 2014, at its Indianapolis office continues to strongly oppose shooting of captive cervids behind high fences; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the IWF urges the State of Indiana to prohibit the importation and exportation of live cervids, cervid carcasses, cervid reproductive materials and unboned cervid meat; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that IWF urges the State of Indiana to prevent any negative financial impact on the DNR funds from any outbreak of CWD in captive cervids, including all expenses from any required disease management, testing, surveillance, or liability claims.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that IWF urges the State of Indiana to require all captive cervid facilities to participate in the Board of Animal Health’s CWD Certification Program, which is now voluntary.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that IWF urges the State of Indiana to require all captive cervid facilities to have perimeter double eight feet fencing to restrict contact between captive cervids and wild free ranging deer. Back.


Resolution 2017 - 01


WHEREAS, realizing the wild populations of flathead, blue, and channel catfish in public rivers and streams have been largely under prioritized by state fish and wildlife agencies; and

WHEREAS, these same catfish species do not enjoy equal sport fish designations or protections under Indiana law as do other Indiana regulated game fish; and

WHEREAS, the recreational sport value of catfish in Indiana rivers and streams, including the Ohio River, the Wabash River, and other inland rivers, is arguably more economically and socially beneficial to the citizens of Indiana than is the commercialization value; and

WHEREAS, the lack of robust catfish regulations in our state does not adequately protect native catfish populations  from over-exploitation, allowing individuals or groups to harvest and move unsustainable numbers of live, large catfish from public waters to private for-profit facilities, such as a “pay lake” or other problematic fishing operations; and

WHEREAS, the size and condition of some for-profit operations are not conducive to the health and well-being of transferred wild fish that often leads to the spread of disease and other unhygienic conditions and can result in extremely high  mortality rates for the fish placed therein; and

WHEREAS, the added damage to entire fisheries ecosystems can occur because these large catfish are apex predators in most lakes, rivers, and streams and they are needed to provide a healthy and balanced natural aquatic environment; and

WHEREAS, the proliferation of such questionable practices and operations commercialize and exploit a valuable public trust resource, and foster a diminished sporting ethic.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Indiana Wildlife Federation, on behalf of its members assembled in Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on the 18th day of March, 2017, condemns the under-regulated commercial harvest of live, native species of fish for transfer from the publics fresh waters, including interstate transfers, for the private commercial use or use in for-profit fishing operations; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, we ardently encourage all cognizant Indiana regulating authorities take all required actions to adequately control or stop such activities, including “live sale,” by designating all catfish species a regulated sporting fish, thus restoring the public trust status of this valuable natural resource. Back.

Submitted by: Lynn Burry and Barb Simpson