Preservation and Conservation
Preservation and conservation
often go hand in hand when it comes to helping the natural environment
to remain healthy or become healthier. Related efforts in restoration
are aimed at helping the environment recover from destruction caused
by human activity.
Dozens of Indiana organizations
and even more private individuals work endlessly to preserve, conserve,
and restore native habitats, plant and animal species, and other
elements of the state's natural environment. The following list
briefly outlines a few of those efforts in Indiana.
Private individuals and businesses (including
companies that mine or distribute fuel for energy) sometimes finance
and facilitate preservation and conservation on a local, regional,
or state level.
Land trusts are groups that work
to purchase land and to set up conservation easements (which legally
prevent the land from being developed), so that it can be preserved
for future generations.
Wildlife conservation and rehabilitation
takes many forms in Indiana.
Wildlife rehabilitators perform an invaluable service
to the survival, preservation, and restoration of Indiana's wildlife.
Their primary mission is to take in injured and orphaned animals
and care for them until they can be returned to the wild. Encounters
with automobiles, pesticide poisonings (from both agricultural and
lawn-care products), and attacks from dogs and cats are the most
common causes for injuries and illness.
All rehabilitators are licensed through the
state and/or federal government, depending upon the kinds of animals
they work with, and most pay for animals' care and feeding out of
their own pockets, relying on donations of concerned supporters
when possible. Dozens of rehabilitators are located throughout the
state, and together they save the lives of thousands of wild animals
in Indiana each year.
Other efforts to protect
Indiana's wildlife are provided through both non-profit organizations
and government programs (see "Government organizations and
Plant conservationists and preservationists
play a large part in protecting and restoring plant species that
are native to Indiana. Such groups are devoted to maintaining native
plant species' diversity, range, and habitat, perhaps by removing
invasive, non-native plants such as garlic mustard and buckthorn.
These groups also play an important role in preserving forests,
wildlife habitats, and the larger ecosystems associated with native
Wetlands conservation groups work to preserve and
restore the wetlands
of Indiana, such as the Limberlost.
and preserves work to preserve and restore Indiana’s
land, water, plants, and animals. Some federal and state authorities
have helped establish a system of preservation areas that protect
land from development and set it aside for the safety of the species
of flora and fauna that live there.
Other groups across Indiana likewise are committed
to preserving, conserving, and restoring the state's natural environment,
sometimes with a very specific focus, sometimes on a broad scale.
For other websites concerned with conserving the natural
environment of Indiana, go to AreaLinks.net
Environmental Websites of Indiana.
For more information about how to join or
support environmental organizations in Indiana, go to the Take