Protecting Our Wild Places and Outdoor Heritage — The Indiana Outdoor Stewardship Act

UPDATE:  January 17, 2019

Several members of the Indiana House of Representatives have introduced the Indiana Outdoor Stewardship Act (HB 1376), a bill to provide increased investment in conservation of  Indiana’s lands, waters and wildlife.  The bill’s authors to date are Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) and Rep. Rita Fleming (D-Jeffersonville). The bill will accomplish its goal by dedicating the share of existing Indiana sales tax collections from the sale of outdoor equipment and sporting goods (about $60 million a year) to:

  • the President Benjamin Harrison Conservation Trust
  • the Indiana State Wildlife Action Plan and Wildlife Diversity Program at the Indiana DNR
  • Repairs and restoration of the historic structures, inns, trails and other facilities at Indiana state parks, recreation areas, state forests and fish and wildlife areas.

Existing funding is simply not keeping up with the need — to preserve and protect our wild natural heritage and the rich wildlife that depends on our forests, wetlands, grasslands, rivers and lakes; or to maintain in good condition the picnic shelters, historic inns, hiking trails or the unseen infrastructure that supports the millions of people who annually visit and enjoy the state’s great outdoor spaces.   Outdoor recreation generates nearly $16 billion a year in Indiana, yet our state legislature has failed to recognize its economic importance or the value of our outdoor heritage to Hoosier’s quality of life.

The Hoosier Environmental Council is working closely with the Indiana Conservation Alliance to promote the passage of this critically-important legislation.

Take Action!

Contact your state legislators today and urge them to support the Indiana Outdoor Stewardship Act, HB 1376!

Read more about the Act here.

Read our updated report about the benefits of Investing in Wildlife Conservation here.