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The Indiana Natural Resource Commission approved two new nature preserves Tuesday with one being in our area.
The commission approved the Blossom Hollow Nature Preserve in Johnson County and the J.D. Marshall Nature Preserve in Porter County, which is the first Indiana nature preserve of its kind. It is a 100-acre shipwreck area located in Lake Michigan, 600 feet offshore of Indiana Dunes State Park. The ship sank on June 11, 1911.
They also set Free Fishing dates for 2014 and 2015. The 2014 dates, which Indiana residents will be able to fish without a license, are April 19, May 17 and June 7-8.
In other business, the commission preliminarily approved an administrative rule regarding identifying "white-tailed deer lawfully taken in Indiana" as the species qualified for grants under the Sportsman's Benevolence Fund, which will be administered by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement.
All rules that are preliminarily adopted are subject to review and approval by the Attorney General and Governor, a process that can take as long as 75 days, after which they are published in the Indiana Register. Rules become effective 30 days after publication, unless a later effective date is specified in the rule.
The commission also gave final approval on readopting of a number of other rules that were set to expire.
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:52:09 PM
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