Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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February 26, 2014

Spaulding Outdoors

The Inside on Indiana's Outside

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“We really wanted to offer viewers the entire experience,” said Michelle Cain, DNR wildlife information specialist and host of CookIN Gone Wild. “Showing that anyone can try new outdoor adventures is important to the future of hunting and fishing. The videos give you everything you need to know to try it yourself.”

“CookIN Gone Wild” episodes are at youtube.com/idnrvideos. New episodes come out every other month.

A downloadable cookbook and recipes are at wildlife.IN.gov/7562.htm. A selected recipe also appears in each issue of Outdoor Indiana magazine.

Healthy Rivers Buys Land

The smallest of three recent Healthy Rivers INitiative land purchases may be the most significant, not for its size but for its purpose. The 40-acre site in Sullivan County is next to Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area, the southern anchor of HRI’s Wabash River Conservation Area, and it will become the first public access site created under HRI.

“One of HRI’s goals is to provide public access to the Wabash River every 10 river miles,” DNR director Cameron Clark said. “This helps get us to that goal by shortening the gap between two existing public access sites.”

The two access locations are approximately 37 miles apart — one at Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute and the other at Hutsonville, Ill.

The new site features forested wetlands along the Wabash River floodplain. More important is a road along the southern edge of the property leading to the river.

“That makes this tract an excellent location for a public access site,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The two other recent purchases are in Parke County, the northern anchor of HRI’s Sugar Creek Conservation Area. One covers 878 acres and the other, 343 acres. The topography of both areas is similar to nearby Turkey Run State Park because of the areas’ rare geological and ecological features. The features include upland, ravine and bottomland forests; cliffs and canyons; and seeps and springs providing habitat for several federally or state-endangered and threatened species.

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