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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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Conservation doesn’t just happen.
It takes resources and collaboration.

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A Shared Goal

Wildlife and natural resources play an important role in the quality of life for all people. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) takes very seriously its responsibility to care for this natural legacy for future generations of Hoosiers.

Conservation doesn’t just happen. It requires effort and resources. The DNR has taken advantage of an opportunity to identify and begin to integrate the broad range of existing efforts that conserve Indiana wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend. This strategy documents an ongoing process to increase collaboration within the DNR and among many organizations across the state that work for conservation. The DNR is committed to seeking ways to knit our various programs more closely together to ensure they are efficiently focused on enhanced resource conservation.

Hoosiers work together to build the future, whether in manufacturing, agriculture, or wildlife conservation. Remembering that a wise tinkerer keeps all the parts, we intend to conserve all our natural resources to sustain economic development and contribute to quality of life for our citizens and visitors.

We invite all Hoosiers who care about conservation to help us continue the construction process. Join us as we use this strategy to guide development of action plans that will conserve all wildlife for generations to come. From Indiana’s Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy (2005)

Indiana's SWAP Vision:

Indiana's State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) will be a national leader in guiding a diverse conservation community towards the shared goal of enhancing and conserving fish and wildlife resources.

Indiana's SWAP Mission:

The purpose of Indiana's SWAP is to manage, conserve, and enhance habitat and population stability for diverse fish and wildlife resources. By 2025, the SWAP will be fully integrated throughout Indiana’s conservation community. The SWAP will serve to bridge the efforts of dedicated natural resource professionals and stewards, which will ultimately enrich the quality of life for all Hoosiers.

For more information contact:

Amanda Wuestefeld or Julie Kempf at

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