Natural Resources Commission approves new wildlife sanctuary in Greene County, Indiana – The Bloomingtonian

The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

402 West Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2022

NRC approves new wildlife sanctuary in Greene County

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved the dedication of Clemens Place in Greene County’s Clifty Creek Nature Preserve during its regular meeting yesterday at Fort Harrison State Park.

This 58-acre nature preserve includes a portion of the Clifty Creek Canyon with towering sandstone cliffs and a karst pool.

The action brings the number of federally designated sites protected under the Conservation Act to 297.
As for the preserves, the NRC approved the dedication of a 207-acre addition to the Bluffs of Beaver Bend Nature Preserve in Martin County, nearly doubling its size to approximately 412 acres.

In another notable action, the NRC:

Granted tentative acceptance to amend 312 IAC 1-1-26 and 312 IAC 6-7-5, which govern the Lake Michigan shoreline common high water mark, and aligns the rule with the IC Lake Michigan common high water mark Act 14-26 from -2.1-1. Granted tentative acceptance to amend 312 IAC 5-6-3.5, Special Boating Zones, and Temporary Structure Standards on Clear Lake to establish a quiet zone on the Steuben County lake.

Approved the following meeting dates for next year: January 17, March 21, May 16, July 18, September 19 and November 21.

The NRC is an autonomous body that deals with issues related to the DNR. For more details on these and other actions, see November Agenda at

The next regularly scheduled NRC meeting will be on January 17, also at Fort Harrison State Park.
NRC members include the DNR director, heads of three other state agencies (Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Destination Development Corporation, and Indiana Department of Transportation), six citizens appointed by the governor on a bipartisan basis, and the chair of the DNR Advisory Council and the President of the Indiana Academy of Science. The President of the Academy of Sciences and the heads of agencies, with the exception of the DNR Director, may appoint deputies to serve the Commission in their absence.

All DNR statewide news releases can be found at


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