Indiana Announces Conservation Hall of Fame

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Indiana Announces Conservation Hall of Fame

7/9/09

The Indiana Natural Resources Foundation has announced creation of the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame as a way to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to conserving natural, cultural and historic resources.

"The Foundation's vision is to make Indiana a leader in conservation and outdoor recreation, so it's fitting that we play a role in honoring those who have made an inspired difference in protecting our natural, cultural and historic resources," Foundation executive director Bourke Patton said.

The Indiana Natural Resources Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote, support and sustain educational and scientific programs and policies of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

"Over the years, people with Indiana ties have contributed a lot more to conservation than many folks realize," DNR director Robert E. Carter Jr. said. "The Hall of Fame will pay tribute to these talented and dedicated men and women while educating present and future generations of this remarkable legacy in hopes of inspiring new conservation heroes."

The Hall of Fame is a cooperative effort of the Foundation, the DNR, statewide conservation and recreation organizations, and universities. The inaugural class of inductees will be announced in August and honored during a Sept. 25 banquet at The Garrison at Fort Harrison State Park. The Indiana Wildlife Federation is co-host of the event.

Ticket prices begin at $60. For information visit www.IndianaNRF.org or contact Patton at (317)234-5447 or bpatton@dnr.IN.gov.

The Hall of Fame banquet kicks off the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, a presentation of the DNR and Foundation on Sept. 26-27 at Fort Harrison State Park. The free event is the state's first-of-its-kind opportunity for aspiring outdoor enthusiasts to experience in a hands-on, interactive fashion the full range of recreational opportunities available across Indiana.

Learn more about the Hoosier Outdoor Experience at hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov.


Contact:
Phil Bloom, DNR communications director, (317) 232-4003 or Bourke Patton, Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, (317) 234-5447
 
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