DEER HUNTING FEES REDUCED
To better maintain a balanced deer herd, the DNR has encouraged the taking of antlerless deer during hunting season. The Natural Resources Commission ratified a proposal by the DNR that will reduce the cost of certain bonus antlerless deer tags.
Under the new proposal the cost of the first bonus antlerless deer license remains $24 for Indiana residents and $150 for non-residents. But to encourage the taking of additional antlerless deer, the cost for the second and subsequent bonus antlerless tags falls to $15 for Indiana residents and $24 for non-residents.
"Since the whitetail deer was re-introduced into Indiana in the 1950s, deer hunting has been both a sport and a biological necessity," said Kyle Hupfer, DNR director. "Man has always been the primary predator for whitetail deer so hunting is important in maintaining Indiana's deer herd population at a proper biological level and a size more acceptable to the human population.
"The new fee structure established yesterday will help with herd management while also reducing the financial burden on hunters who assist the state in regulating the deer population."
DNR'S GYPSY MOTH TREATMENTS
The DNR's aerial application of btk to treat for the gypsy moth has been completed.
The infested areas which were treated are in Allen (5 sites), Whitley (1 site), St. Joseph (1 site), Elkhart (5 sites), LaPorte (1 site), and Porter (2 sites) counties.
In early June the DNR will oversee the treatment of eight infested areas in Allen (3 sites), Kosciusko (1 site), Noble (1 site), St. Joseph (2 sites) and Whitley (1 site) counties. The June treatments will again be an aerial application but with pheromone-scented flakes that disrupt the mating cycle of the gypsy moth.
TOWPATH TRAIL TASKFORCE CREATED
Leaders of several local trail groups have formed a Towpath Trail Task Force to promote the expansion of regional greenway connectivity.
Construction will begin this year on the Towpath Trail, a multi-use pedestrian/bicycle pathway connecting Aboite Township with the Fort Wayne and New Haven Rivergreenway system. The trail will be completed in the next two years.
The Towpath Trail will begin in Rockhill Park and extend from Engle Road to West Jefferson Boulevard to a yet to be determined cross point. The trail will ultimately connect to the trail system being developed by Aboite New Trails. The trail will follow the old Wabash and Erie Canal towpath, which was the dirt path along the canal used by mules to tow boats.
The task force will meet monthly to ensure the maximum utilization of resources and trail designs to name a few.
Task Force members
* George DeRoche – Greenway Consortium
* Roger Goodland – Greenway Consortium
* Dawn Ritchie – City of Fort Wayne Greenways Manager
* Paul McAfee – Executive Director of Little River Wetlands Project
* Lori Keys – Executive Director of Aboite New Trails
* Bob Schmidt – Canal Society of Indiana
* Bill Hartman – Acting Executive Director of the Allen County Highway Department