by Bob Weaver Mountains? No. Mountain Bike Trails? HEC yeah! Rangeline Nature Preserve. Have you ridden your bike out there? If not, it’s time. To offer a little background, Rangeline Nature Preserve (RNP) is a 180-acre nature area just west of Mounds State Park with 3 mountain bike loops within its boundaries. The City of […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 24, 2016 in The Indiana Lawyer.) A bill that originally would have barred the Department of Environmental Management from passing “no more stringent” regulations than federal rules was vetoed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence, despite a compromise on the bill agreed to by both industry and environmental groups. […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 24, 2016 in the IndyStar.) It’s not too late for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to veto a bill that has longtime hunting traditionalists and their supporters up in arms. The bill would allow the hunting of deer and other exotic sheep and goat inside “hunting preserves,” which are […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 24, 2016 in the IndyStar.) Gov. Mike Pence has vetoed a measure that would have prevented state environmental standards from being stricter than federal requirements. “With this veto, Hoosiers can be assured that we will continue to have the necessary discretion and flexibility to create Indiana solutions at […]

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by Bob Weaver You should care. The benefits go well beyond the use/don’t use question. It’s an easy, knee-jerk reaction. “I won’t use a greenway.” Or, “It’s a waste because it will only benefit a few people.” It’s a reaction. But it’s not a solid argument. While it doesn’t have to be your choice for […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 20, 2016 in the South Bend Tribune.) For two weeks each November, Jeff Davis is in heaven. That’s when the state of Indiana allows him to indulge his passion of hunting deer with firearms. “I love it, I can’t wait for it,” said the 52-year-old Osceola man. “When […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 9, 2016 in the Indiana Lawyer.) Manufacturers, agriculture and other big Hoosier industries pegged House Bill 1082 at the top of their legislative agenda this year. So did about 20 environmental, health and public-interest groups that opposed the measure barring Indiana from adopting environmental regulations tougher than federal […]

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(This video was published on February 26, 2016.) Environmental legislation is drawing significant attention as the 2016 session of the General Assembly winds to a close. What’s best for Indiana, widely regarded as one of the worst-polluted states in the nation? How can Hoosier health and the environment be balanced against the needs of the state’s […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 10, 2016 in the Indiana Daily Student.) As the legislative session drew to a close Thursday, Indiana appeared to have avoided the worst aspects of some 2016 bills, said Hoosier Environmental Council Executive Director Jesse Kharbanda. House Bill 1082 and Senate Bill 366, which the HEC vehemently opposed in their […]

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Proposal headed to governor’s desk. See video.

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