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To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

IWF Issues

Canned Hunting

View FACT SHEET by The Wildlife Society - Captive Cervid Breeding: "Issues related to these practices include spread of wildlife diseases; genetic mixing; privatization, commercialization and domestication of public wildlife resources; misperceptions of fair chase and hunting; and a potential future decline of ecological stewardship."

Video on the dangers of canned hunting produced by NWF: http://vimeo.com/5680646

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Invasive Species

Asian carp are fast-growing, aggressive and adaptable fish that are outcompeting native fish species for food and habitat

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that is destroying ash trees throughout Indiana. EAB was first found in Indiana in 2004 and has since then spread all over the state. EAB is most active in the summer and early fall. Larvae tunnel under the bark and disrupt the tree’s systems that transport food and water, eventually starving and killing it. If you see the beetle or notice trees with signs of damage, contact the DNR here.

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Threats to Wildlife

White Nose Syndrome: There are twelve species of bat that are known to be found in Indiana. White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has caused an extreme decline in hibernating bats in the United States. This disease is called “white-nose syndrome” because bats will have a white fuzzy growth on their nose, ears, and wings if they are affected. Due to the growing rate of this disease, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed public access to caves, sinkholes, tunnels, and abandoned mines on DNR-owned land.

Pollinator Decline: Currently many types of pollinators are experiencing declines which will in turn begin to affect the plants they pollinate. Several food chains are affected by the presence of these plants and the pollinators’ ability to help them reproduce. Further decline of pollinators could greatly impact humans as well because so many of our crop plants require pollination.

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Water Resources

Great Lakes Restoration 

The Great Lakes are a unique and precious resource, providing freshwater for 33 million people who live within the basin and supporting the region's ecosystem and economy. The Great Lakes basin contains nearly 20 percent of the earth's fresh surface water. It is the only freshwater system of its kind in size and ecological diversity and is essential to humans and wildlife alike, providing homes, food, recreation, and economic sustainability. The Great Lakes are critically important to the region. Nearly 11,000 miles of coastline surround the Great Lakes and their connecting channels and islands. Recreation is a 6 billion dollar industry across the Great Lakes region. For the people of the Great Lakes states, the lakes hold the key to economic health, to recreation, and to irreplaceable family experiences. To keep our water at home and support our way of life, we need to protect and restore this invaluable resource.

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Go Phosphorous Free

Phosphorus: Threatening Indiana’s Water From Lawn To Lake

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Weed Ordinances: Before you get started with your rain garden and/or native plant area projects, it's a good idea to look into the different weed ordinances for your city or county. Certain weed ordinances state that vegetation over 12 inches is considered a violation.

The Indiana-Alaska Connection: Though thousands of miles away, Indiana and one of the remotest parts of Alaska, the Western Arctic Reserve, depend on each other to support countless wildlife populations.
Migratory waterfowl, shore birds, and raptors (birds of prey) use Indiana’s wetlands and riparian corridors to rest as they travel between their Arctic nesting grounds in Alaska and their winter homes as far south as Central and South America. 

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Fish & Wildlife Policy

From the Indiana DNR:  The Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife is beginning the process of updating the State Wildlife Action Plan. Indiana's Action Plan is a habitat-based model that incorporates all fish and wildlife species within the state. It identifies the condition of Indiana's wildlife species and habitats, the problems they face, and the actions needed to ensure their long-term success.  Additional information about SWAP meetings and the update process is available on their website at www.swap.dnr.in.gov.

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Forest Management

Promoting the conservation of wildlife by providing an abundance of quality habitat is a priority for the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Active management of our forests is essential to effectively provide young, intermediate, and older stages of growth within our forests. IWF wholly supports active forest management, including the sustainable use of sound timber harvesting practices, as a means of providing varied habitats required by our state’s wildlife.

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Climate Change

Scientists around the world agree that climate change will affect the way we and wildlife interact with the natural world.

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