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Sign up now for the fall IUPUI Soils Class. Whether you are interested in building a home, gardening or how to use your property to its fullest potential, learning about soil will help you succeed! For more information click below to download class flier.
Native plant sale by Friends of Mounds State Park, May 13
Decorate your property with Indiana plants and wildflowers this year with help from the ninth annual Friends of Mounds State Park native plant sale, May 13.
The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park visitor’s center lawn. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Mounds State Park group, which supports the park financially and through volunteerism.
Plants vary in price, with most being less than $10. There will be at least 80 different species available. Plants are available while supplies last, so get there early.
May is the perfect time to plant. Native flowers attract butterflies and other wildlife, require less water, are hardier and can be planted in less-than-perfect soils.
Plants include black cohosh, bergamot, Northern sea oats, big bluestem, New Jersey tea, Virginia bluebells and bloodroot.
For more details about specific plants, or for questions about the sale, call (765) 649-8128.
The event is free, though standard park entrance fees of $7 per in-state vehicle and $9 per out-of-state vehicle apply.
Library Program Lets You “Check-out” State Parks
In 2017, Hoosiers can check out state parks by checking out an entrance pass from a public library.
The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-out Program is a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library to encourage people to visit libraries and parks. At libraries across Indiana, 240 state park passes have been placed in circulation for check-out. The passes will provide access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. Passes will be available for check-out from Jan. 1-Dec. 31.
The program is one way Indiana State Parks is celebrating its centennial anniversary. The Indiana State Parks system was a gift to the people of Indiana in 1916 in celebration of the state’s centennial. Read more about activities that are part of the State Parks Centennial Celebration at INStateParks100.com.
“Our goal is to provide access to our great Indiana State Parks for those who may have never visited,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director of stewardship for Indiana State Parks. “We also hope that those who come in to check out the annual pass will take time to explore the services and materials available in Indiana’s libraries.”
The Indiana State Library helped pay for the parks pass program. Some local libraries may purchase additional passes to ensure that each branch has one for check-out.
“The State Library is excited about its bicentennial partnership with Indiana State Parks,” said State Librarian Jacob Speer. “The partnership gives library patrons an opportunity to explore the many beautiful state park locations across Indiana simply by using their library card to check-out the free passes.”
Check-out duration for the passes may vary by site. Visit your local public library for details about check-out duration.
Construction Season is Here! Help Needed to Stop That Dirt
One of our main responsibilities at the SWCD is to minimize sedimentation by working with construction sites disturbing one acre or more to eliminate sediment leaving the construction site. Each construction site is required to have an erosion control plan in place and the erosion control measures kept in working condition.
In order to help our staff keep track of all of the construction projects in the county, we developed a “Stop That Dirt Campaign” where citizens can contact us when they see an erosion problem in the county. To help you know what to look for we have set up information and a form on our website that can be filled out and sent to us.
Also on our website we have information to help contractors meet erosion control standards set by the state. For more information check out information on our website by clicking HERE.
Reconnecting to Our Waterways is a grassroots movement that is helping neighbors strengthen waterways, and in turn, helping waterways strengthen neighborhoods.
It is a coalition of Indianapolis neighborhoods and residents, public and private organizations, and civic leaders, led by a public-private partnership of many business and nonprofit organizations. ROW actively seeks input from the residents and stakeholders who live and work closest to the waterways. Learn more about how to get engaged and finding out more about this group by visiting their website at http://reconnectingtoourwaterways.org/
Also available is a skit about Marion County waterways. It is about 20 minutes in length but well worth watching. Check it out at
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Marion County SWCD Publications
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2014 Annual Report (Click link below to download the pdf)
2013 Annual Report (Click link to download the pdf)
2016 Newsletters (Click link to download the pdf)
2015 Newsletters (Click to download the pdf)
2014 Newsletters (Click to download the pdf)
2013 Newsletters (Click to download the pdf)
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