GLEN SALMON NAMED AS NEW DIRECTOR OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Twenty-four year Department of Natural Resources employee Glen Salmon has been selected by DNR director John Goss to head the DNR's Division of Fish and Wildlife. Salmon is a career employee who has worked his way up through the ranks. He spent 15 years working at Cikana and Mixsawbah state fish hatcheries as a laborer, laboratory technician and assistant property manager.
In 1993 Salmon was promoted to fisheries staff specialist in Indianapolis. Five years later he was promoted to assistant division director for the Division of Fish and Wildlife and was responsible for the day-to-day management of fisheries, wildlife and operations for the division. "Glen has worked his way up through the DNR ranks and brings a tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge to the position," said Goss. "Glen has demonstrated his ability to lead and knows what it takes to do the complex job of managing the state's natural resources. His commitment to sound management of our natural resources will benefit our fish and wildlife programs."
Salmon was a member of the last graduating class of University High School in Bloomington, Ind. in 1972. He attended Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C. and received an applied science degree in marine laboratory technology. Salmon is a graduate of Indiana University, earning a bachelor's degree in sociology from the School of Arts and Sciences. He is a certified fisheries scientist through the American Fisheries Society. Salmon resides in Martinsville with his wife and two children.
LAST SEASON'S DEER HARVEST UP FOUR PERCENT
Hoosier hunters took more than 103,000 deer in Indiana during the 2001 deer hunting season — a four percent increase over the previous year's deer harvest of 98,725. This is the first increase in deer harvest since 1996 and the second highest adult buck harvest on record. Hunters took 48,357 bucks last season. The highest buck harvest was 50,812 in 1994.
"This harvest indicates to us that the statewide deer population is very healthy and stable," said Zack Walker, Department of Natural Resources deer research biologist. The number of deer harvested in individual counties ranged from 70 to 2,664. The top ten counties with the highest total deer harvest were: Steuben-2,664, Dearborn-2,510, Washington-2,426, Switzerland-2,406, Franklin-2,305, Parke-1,283, Jackson-2,164, Jefferson-2.052, Noble-2,026, Harrison - 2,002.
The five counties with the lowest deer harvest were: Tipton–70, Benton-99, Marion-148, Hancock-188, Hamilton-249
"Last season's harvest put about 6 million pounds of venison on tables in Indiana," said Walker. Hoosier deer hunters donated 23,000 pounds of venison to food pantries through the Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Information on the program is available at: http://www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/huntguide1/hunger.htm. A complete report on the 2001 deer season is available at: http://www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/deer/deerinfo.htm
VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES AT FOX ISLAND COUNTY PARK
Fox Island County Park, 7324 Yohne Road, is a great place for fun and fulfilling volunteer activities. Whether to contribute to the natural environment, learn about our local habitats, for personal satisfaction, or to meet a community service requirement, there are several areas open for volunteers. Currently the park has openings in cross country skiing preparation, cookie and cocoa sales at events, trail guiding, blue bird surveys, well monitoring, and more. Several special events are coming up that would be fun, educational introductions to the park for the new volunteer. Times are flexible to accommodate different schedules, and all ages and abilities are welcome. Training is provided, but anyone with a special skill such as carpentry, bird identification, landscaping, etc. would be a great help. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Jodi Leamon at 449-3180.
SPRING BREAK DAY CAMP 2002 AT FOX ISLAND
April 1: "Wood - Dead or Alive"
April 2: "Animals"
April 3: "Recreation Day"
Muck through the marsh, frolic through the field, and wander in the woods exploring the wonders of Spring!! Why spend Spring Break indoors when you can spend it at Fox Island? Camp activities will include games, hikes, crafts, and nature activities. Lunch will be provided. All you need to do is dress for the weather and have fun? The camp will run from 9am to 5pm each day and the cost is $25 per camper per day. Spring Day Camp is geared toward campers between 6 and 11 years old. Call 449-3180 for more information. Registration deadline is March 29.
ALLEN COUNTRY 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS CLUB PROGRAMS
These programs are sponsored by the Allen County 4-H Shooting Sports Club. The programs teach safe handling of firearms, proper use of equipment, shooting techniques and ethics of good shooters.
MUZZLELOADING – This program will begin Thursday, April 25 at 7pm at the Allen County Extension Office, located at 4001 Crescent Avenue. Then the program will continue at the Izaak Walton League, Huntertown on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Registration is limited. Advanced registration is required.
These programs are open to all youth grades 3-12. The cost is: $20. Equipment will be provided. Please call the Allen County Extension Office at 481-6826 to request additional information. Instructors are certified through the Indiana 4-H Shooting Sports Program of Purdue University and the Department of Natural Resources.