Wildlife Federation (IWF) at its 2014 annual meeting approved two policy
resolutions supporting the “commonsense conservation” of wildlife and
wildlife habitat in the state.
According to a
statement released this week, IWF opposes the construction of the proposed
“Mounds Reservoir” near the headwaters of the White River in Anderson, and
urges all members to express their opposition as well.
“Damming the White
River as proposed would inundate approximately 10 miles of high quality,
free flowing river and nearly 1000 acres of adjacent, forested lands,” the
statement said. “Several valuable wetlands areas would be destroyed,
including the entire Mounds Fen State Nature Preserve, which shelters this
rare habitat type and is currently protected by state law. One-third of
Mounds State Park, featuring a nationally recognized cultural site, would
also be flooded. Constructed around 160 BCE by indigenous peoples of eastern
North America, the ceremonial mounds area was inhabited by the Hopewell
culture centuries later.”
IWF also adopted a
second policy resolution, this one intensifying its long-standing opposition
to the shooting of deer in fenced enclosures:
* It calls on the
state to prohibit the importation and exportation of live deer (cervids) and
their carcasses, reproductive materials, and unboned meat.
* It recommends the
protection of monetary funds authorized for the Department of Natural
Resources to manage wildlife, specifically prohibiting the diversion of such
funds to control disease outbreaks in captive deer.
* It urges the
state to require all deer farms to participate in the now voluntary herd
certification program administered by the Indiana State Board of Animal
* And it urges the
state to require captive deer operations to erect double eight-foot fences
to prevent the escape of diseased animals.
policy stresses the importance of protecting Indiana’s wild, free-ranging
deer herd from chronic wasting disease (CWD) and bovine tuberculosis and to
allow them to be enjoyed by all Hoosiers,” the statement said.
of the National Wildlife Foundation--was founded in 1938 and is involved in
state and regional education and advocacy for conservation of wildlife and