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Daniels on hand for land transfer

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Governor Daniels admires the wildlife at the new Deer Creek Fish and Wildlife Area. Deer Creek will be open to the public Oct. 29. [Order this photo]
PUTNAMVILLE -- Governor Mitch Daniels was on site Thursday as the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) transferred more than 1,900 acres to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The Deer Creek Fish and Wildlife Area, which surrounds the Putnamville Correctional Facility, will be available for public access with some limitations starting Oct. 29.

"All the other things we work on are important but generations from now this will still be providing enjoyment to those who come after us," Daniels said.

The land was given to the IDNR as part of a land swap. In return for the site, 1,200 acres of IDNR land were given to the Military Department of Indiana to expand Camp Atterbury in Columbus, Ind. Any land taken from the DNR must be compensated with land given to the IDNR of equal or greater value.

After the land is open to the public, people will be able to hunt, fish, trap and watch wildlife with restrictions depending on the activity.

Mark Reiter, the director of the division of Fish and Wildlife for the IDNR, said there would be some limitations on access to the park.

"It is easy to overuse public ground," Reiter said. "We want to try and create a system of use here that preserves the beauty of this place so we don't get to that point."

Reiter said the IDNR intends to limit access by only having the site open Friday to Monday.

There will also be limited access to parts of the wildlife area.

The land the wildlife area will be on once included a farm used by the DOC in some prisoner activities.

"The offenders that used to come out here and feed the cows are now in other diversionary programs," said Director of Construction Services with the DOC Kevin Orme said.

Orme said that the nonviolent prisoners who used to work on the farm are now likely to be released or at home with an ankle bracelet.

There is still some operational farmland on the property, which will continue to be leased to the current operators of the land.

Despite the close proximity to the prison, Reiter, of the IDNR, said the organization is not concerned with the close proximity to the correctional facility.

"We're working with DOC to put fencing and signs up to keep our people separate from the prison," Reiter said. "We've laid out the boundaries to make that fairly easy and easily recognizable so I don't think we're going to have any problems with [being so close to the prison]."

Daniels said he hopes Deer Creek becomes a resource to local Hoosiers, especially children.

"I think for a lot of our younger people (Deer Creek) may be their first real encounter with nature and may open their eyes in a whole new way," Daniels said.

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This is a wonderful thing, but I am truly surprised it's still in the hands of Indiana. Mitch has sold so many things to out of state and sometimes, out of country people.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 9:28 PM

QUOTE: " Gover-nor Mitch Daniels was on site Thursday as the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) transferred more than 1,900 acres to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)."

What is a Gover-nor?? That pesky proof reader must have taken another day off.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Oct 8, 2010, at 9:59 AM

Wow...lots of hostility about this story! LOL

I just want to comment that I'm happy it will be another place to hunt and fish!

I feel that this is a good thing for that part at least (hunting/fishing). I don't get into the politics part of anything...it isn't really worth the hassle to me. 'Someone' is always wrong no matter what side your on...so I keep to myself...LOL

Please...no one take offense, etc to what I've said...I was just trying to be a little humerous is all! =)

-- Posted by JQuick on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 10:30 PM

Wow WTF .. you sure showed him!! BTW, who says "dork" anymore? Oh, and if you ever do meet "most of us" in person .. you'll need backup, DOOFUS.

I'm glad Camp Atterbury is getting some much needed land as well as the DNR. Win-win!

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 11:02 AM

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